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Did yelling “Tyrant” cause Mukasey collapse?

Probably not, but freaky nevertheless:

State justice confirms he yelled “Tyrant!” at Mukasey before AG collapsed

Richard Sanders, a justice on the Washington State Supreme Court, has never been one to shy from controversy or blunt language. And last week, as he sat at a Federalist Society dinner and listened to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Sanders reached his tipping point.

After listening to Mukasey defend the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies – its detainment practices at Guantánamo Bay, its interpretation of the Geneva Conventions’ reach – Sanders stood and shouted “Tyrant! You are a tyrant!”

“Frankly, everybody in the room was applauding or sometimes laughing, and I thought, ‘I’ve got to stand up and say something.’ And I did,” Sanders told The Seattle Times Tuesday. “I stood up and said, ‘Tyrant,’ then I sat down again, then I left.”

It wasn’t until the next morning – when he turned on the TV in his hotel room – that Sanders learned what happened after he departed: Mukasey, later in his speech, began slurring his words, slumped at the podium and passed out. He was taken to a hospital, where he was released the next day after getting a clean bill of health.</em>

Kudos to Justice Sanders. Thankfully the tyrant Mukasey suffered no long-term ill from the outburst, or his collapse.


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