Thursday, October 27, 2016

Strike up the band!

Readers will perhaps agree that the tritest phrase in the book is "military justice is to justice as military music is to music," attributed to French premier Georges Clémenceau. Nonetheless, it comes to mind in connection with this report that the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation, rejecting an appeal by the prosecution, has ruled that it is not embezzlement for a colonel to use a military band without prior authorization. Decision No. 45187 (Oct. 26, 2016) is not yet available on the court's website.

But just what did the band play? Here are some possibilities:

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