Thursday, May 5, 2011

Grizzly Bears and Marijuana

Sometimes Judges just out do themselves. This has to rate as one of the funniest "Findings of Fact" ever written:

Judge Jeremiah Shea's opinion in Brock Hopkins v. Uninsured Employer's Fund.
"Although Hopkins admitted to smoking marijuana before arriving at work, I cannot conclude based on the evidence that the major contributing cause of the grizzly bear attack was anything other than the grizzly. It is not as if this attack occurred when Hopkins inexplicably wandered into the grizzly pen while searching for the nearest White Castle. When a grizzly bear is sighted on a trail in Glacier National Park, the trail is closed to all hikers, not just the hikers who may have recently smoked marijuana. When it comes to attacking humans, grizzlies are equal-opportunity maulers, attacking without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, or marijuana use. Hopkins's use of marijuana to kick off a day of working with grizzly bears was ill-advised to say the least, and mind-bogglingly stupid to say the most. However, I have been presented with no evidence by which I can conclude that Hopkins's marijuana use was the major contributing cause of the grizzly bear attack."

Hat tip : Harpers Magazine.
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