–From Troy Pickard, University of San Diego School of Law, Date of event: Fall 2004
In our first semester Criminal Law course, we were discussing Regina v. Dudley, the infamous case where three men adrift on a lifeboat cannibalized a 17-year-old cabin boy. My classmates and I still talk about a very simple, yet incredibly profound statement made by our Criminal Law professor, Kevin Cole, that forever cleared up the meaning for us of the term “prima facie”:
“Prima facie,” Professor Cole said, “it’s bad to eat a person while they’re still alive.”
With such pithy insight, it’s no wonder Professor Cole is now USD’s law school dean.