Wizard Amendment

March 1995: During the discussion of a bill in the New Mexico state senate, Sen. Duncan Scott (R) proposed the following amendment:

When a psychologist or psychiatrist testifies during a defendant's competency hearing, the psychologist or psychiatrist shall wear a cone-shaped hat that is not less than 2 feet tall. The surface of the hat shall be imprinted with stars and lightning bolts.

Additionally, a psychologist or psychiatrist shall be required to don a white beard that is not less than 18 inches in length, and shall punctuate crucial elements of his testimony by stabbing the air with a wand. Whenever a psychologist or psychiatrist provides expert testimony regarding the defendant's competency, the bailiff shall contemporaneously dim the courtroom lights and administer two strikes to a Chinese gong.

It passed in the Senate, but didn't make it through the House.

The Marion Star - Dec 28, 1995

Posted By: Alex - Sun Aug 27, 2017
Category: Law, Politics, 1990s





Comments
I would vote for this.
Posted by BMN on 08/27/17 at 09:22 AM
Almost sounds like one of those bills introduced just to see if his colleagues were paying attention...
Posted by Brian in denial on 08/28/17 at 12:50 AM
Sounds like Mr. Scott had an unfavorable run-in with a psychologist or psychiatrist at some point.
Posted by GFinKS in near OZ on 08/28/17 at 07:58 AM
Sounds like he's a member of Xenu's favourite pyramid scheme, to me.
Posted by Richard Bos in The Netherlands on 09/03/17 at 09:37 AM