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Judge Abby

October 21, 2007 @ 6:33am

A New Yorker is suing his ex-fiancée to either return the 3.23 carat diamond ring he bought her for their engagement or give him the $48,800 it cost him. They got engaged less than a year ago and agreed that he'd get the ring back if things didn't work out, but I guess that was only if they parted on friendly terms.

The interesting thing to me is that this Reuters story ends with etiquette advice from the Emily Post Institute: unless the ring is a family heirloom of the bride's, if an engagement is broken the bride [or almost-bride, I guess] should immediately return the ring to her former fiancé.

This could be a great idea. Advice columns should start kicking it up a notch like the People's Court did and become actual judges. All plaintiffs and defendants should agree that whatever these newsprint agony aunts say is final and just turn their problems over to the Dear Abby's, Ann Landers and Miss Lonelyhearts of the world.

I'm looking forward to the day when a newspaper advice columnist makes an official ruling on a United States treason case or a multi-million dollar Madison Square Garden sexual harassment lawsuit.

-- WAITING IN WESTCHESTER

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