Heard on The Judges: _Baker-Act_ v.

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 4 22:24:51 UTC 2011

Forty-ish, white female speaker:

"She did the three days of _Baker-Act-ing_"

Florida's Baker Act allows a relative or other representative of the
public weal to place a person deemed to be a danger to himself or to
others as a consequence of alcoholism, drug addiction, or other mental
defect under a period of state control roughly the equivalent of, but
not the same as, a jail term.

Hence, I assume that _to Baker-Act_ is "to be under the authority and
control of administrators of the Baker Act."

But, cf. also, the title

"How to Baker-Act Someone"

wherein "to Baker Act" means "to place someone under the authority and
control of administrators of said act."

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to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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