“Physical person”

Law school was where I first met the term “physical person.” It puzzled me initially: What person would not be “physical”? That started my education about the bizarre legal fiction that asserts corporations to be people with rights and privileges similar to yours and mine. Its latest twist is the 2010 “Citizens United” decision. That’s context for this somewhat coldblooded, but astute, quip by Timothy Egan:

“A corporation will never be a citizen until you can execute one in Texas.”

(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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