July 10, 2006


Va. Governor Exonerates Convicted Witch (SONJA BARISIC, 7/10/06, Associated Press)

The Witch of Pungo is no longer a witch. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Monday exonerated Grace Sherwood, who 300 years ago became Virginia's only woman convicted as a witch tried by water.

"I am pleased to officially restore the good name of Grace Sherwood," Kaine wrote in a letter Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf read aloud before a re-enactment of Sherwood's being dropped into the river.

"With 300 years of hindsight, we all certainly can agree that trial by water is an injustice," Kaine wrote. "We also can celebrate the fact that a woman's equality is constitutionally protected today, and women have the freedom to pursue their hopes and dreams."

The fresh new faithful face of the party turns out to be a crypto-Wiccan?

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 10, 2006 4:54 PM

She floated!!! What more evidence do you need?

Posted by: h-man at July 10, 2006 5:37 PM

Shouldn't there be a mention of a duck in there somewheres?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 10, 2006 5:45 PM

thanks, h-man , that was the loudest I've laughed in a month.

Posted by: jonofatlana at July 10, 2006 7:20 PM

It got better.

Posted by: ghostcat at July 10, 2006 7:42 PM

"But . . . but . . . how can you pardon her? She turned me into a newt!"

"A newt?"

"I got better."

Posted by: Mike Morley at July 10, 2006 8:48 PM

"With 300 years of hindsight, we all certainly can agree that trial by water is an injustice,"

Obviously liberal, namby-pamby attitudes to crime have been around much longer than we thought. Everybody knows if you want the unvarnished truth you go with ordeal by hot oil.

Posted by: Peter B at July 10, 2006 8:54 PM

They weren't submitted to the trial if they weren't guilty.

Posted by: oj at July 10, 2006 9:00 PM

There is a Laurel and Hardy movie out there, where Oliver is getting the trial by water treatment, and Stan says: "Stop, he'll catch pnemonia!" They don't make movies like they used to.

Posted by: AllenS at July 10, 2006 9:15 PM

Kaine may have pardoned the witch, but he's going to have the duck stoned to death...

Posted by: John at July 10, 2006 9:20 PM

Remember, Kaine did have that creepy eyebrow thing going on when he gave the Democratic response. Perhaps it was a coded message.

I imagine if Carville had eyebrows, he would understand it.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 10, 2006 11:20 PM