The Smell of Mendacity

“What’s that smell in this room? Didn’t you notice it, B rick? Didn’t you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room? There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity. You can smell it. It smells like death.”- (Big Daddy in”Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”)


Court decisions can sound complicated because they sometimes contain legal language that is difficult for a layperson to understand. That’s not the situation in the case of Fulton County, Georgia’s District Attorney Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade. Judge Scott McAfee gave Willis a choice – either dump Wade, with whom she’d had a romantic relationship, as prosecutor in the case against Donald Trump, or leave the case herself. Wade quickly tendered his resignation. It’s hard to see how anyone except the most strident anti-Trumper will see the outcome of a trial with Willis on the case as fair.

The judge’s ruling contained a word one rarely hears used these days. McAfee wrote that while a conflict of interest wasn’t proved, “an odor of mendacity remains.”

For those who didn’t get far with vocabulary in high school English class, mendacity is defined as ” untruthfulness; tendency to

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