Thursday, September 23, 2004

Pigs is Pigs, But Horses Ain't Vehicles 

AP reports on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision (concurring opinion here) yesterday in which two men were appealing their conviction for drunk driving. Their argument hinged on whether they were actually operating a vehicle. The incident begin when the driver of a pickup truck rear-ended one of the horses they were riding. Yes, horses. The court ruled that the drunk driving law cannot be used against inebriated equestrians.

Justice Michael Eakin dissented, and adapted the theme from Mr. Ed for his purposes:
"A horse is a horse, of course, of course,
but the Vehicle Code does not divorce
its application from, perforce,
a steed as my colleagues said.
"'It's not vague,' I'll say until I'm hoarse,
and whether a car, a truck or horse
this law applies with equal force,
and I'd reverse instead."


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Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:43 AM