Sam Riddle, professor of ethics

Like many high school seniors, I took a blow off class or two. One of those classes was advanced weightlifting. (I’m not sure where the “advanced” part came from. But yes, I went to a public school.) My teacher, whose name escapes me, was six feet tall and weighed about 260 pounds. Best of all, he knew about as much about weightlifting as he did about Weight Watchers.

But hey, he was on the school’s payroll and had an opening in his schedule, so they sent him to the gym to babysit a group of teenagers. And most of these “weightlifting” classes devolved into impromptu “dodgeball” games in which one poor kid ran for his life and six people chased while hurling anything that wasn’t nailed down at him. It’s quite a miracle no one was ever hospitalized or charged with anything. The point is that this guy was as qualified to teach weightlifting as Sam Riddle is to teach ethics.

Wait, what? [Detroit Free Press]

That’s right. Sam Riddle. The guy in prison for soliciting and accepting bribes as part of Monica Conyers’s pay-for-play scheme. Teaching ethics to prisoners. How poor must the ethics of the other prisoners be?


Oh. Never mind.

UPDATE: Common sense has prevailed.

Sam Riddle was all set to teach an ethics course to prisoners — until corrections officials apparently had second thoughts.

The controversial political consultant, who is behind bars for taking bribes and shaking down businesses, was prepared to teach “Ethics and Good Decision Making” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at a federal prison in North Carolina. But by midday, prison officials canceled his class indefinitely with no explanation, his lawyer said.

“He was all set to teach tonight. The books had been selected. The students were selected, but we don’t know the reason (for the cancellation),” said Tracey Martin-Henry, Riddle’s attorney.