Quote of the Day - Nothing is wrong with California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn't cure.
I was wrong.
The Curmudgeonly Clerk points out that the oath is still widely used.
In fact, I was doubly wrong.
It turns out that California Code of Civil Procedure section 2094 has two optional oaths, subsections (1) and (2). The first contains the "So help you God" language, the second does not.
I let my experience do the talking instead of the well-written, researched and thought out commentary by the Curmudgeonly Clerk. In the most recent trials I've handled, I hadn't remembered hearing the "So help you God" portion of the oath, since many judges have stopped using it. So, I generalized.
Blogging is a wonderful opportunity to have discussions like this by well-informed and reasoned readers. It's a great intellectual discussion and I look forward to more back-and-forth commentary across blogs.
Not to say anything about learning a thing or two.