I did a double take when I saw this supposedly Lance Ito-penned opinion piece in the satirical newspaper, The Onion. http://www.theonion.com/articles/it-sure-has-been-a-while-since-the-tonight-show-di,31267/
True, Jay Leno got a lot of mileage out of Judge Lance Ito jokes back in the 1990s, as did many comedians–and still do once in a while. But the famous–some would say infamous–judge who presided over the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial eschewed interviews and speaking engagements, but during and for years after that trial and was the only major figure associated with it who didn’t write a book or capitalize on it in any way.
He has taken a public stand in rare instances, particularly regarding court-administrative issues. He also has a wicked sense of humor, which he frequently exercised–and probably still does–in private settings.
So The Onion piece wasn’t entirely unbelievable–at first.
The more I read, though, I realized it was just another great Onion spoof, as were the President Obama and Casey Anthony pieces that ran in weeks that preceded the “Ito commentary”.