Court cases can be funny

Jun 15, 2021 6:24 am

Dear Friends, Reader, and Others,

Of interest this month was an Idaho Supreme Court Opinion which contained some humorous language. I'll get to that shortly. First, if you availed yourself of the opportunity to get one or more of my ebooks for free, please post reviews on Amazon and goodreads. That was one of the reasons for the free/cheap promotion.

As for the court case:

The brief facts are that a defendant succeeded in getting certain evidence, paraphernalia for use with marijuana (which is illegal in the state of Idaho), suppressed by the court. He then demanded the return of the contraband. As you might imagine, law enforcement resisted the idea. The lower court agreed with law enforcement. The defendant took his appeal to the state supreme court. In response to a part of the defendant's argument against the Controlled Substances Act, the court wrote:

“Further, while Heath argues that the CSA attempts to “criminalize God” for creating marijuana, the CSA only purports to regulate the conduct of people within Idaho, not deities. As such, Heath’s second and third arguments are without basis in law.”

Please don't forward me your opinions about the legalization of controlled substances. I'm not interested. I was however amused by the court's language in this case. I haven't seen any headlines touting the news that deities are immune to the drug laws. Could one claim to be a deity and thereby resist enforcement efforts? What criteria would be required prove such status? I suppose that it could be a double-edged sword, as the 4th Amendment also applies only to "people" and not deities. Another interesting story idea.


The few responses that I received with regard to my inquiry about the Kindle Vella Library were entirely against the idea. I have therefore decided to try it anyway in hopes of connecting with new readers. I have uploded six episodes of a tale I'm calling Saving Tirese--but I haven't "published" them yet..

Here's the current description:

Eskan never intended to be a hero. He never intended to take to the wilderness in search of some girl he had never met. When he falls in with a servant of the Weeping God, an annoying pit fighter, and a sorceress with shapely legs to make some quick money, he soon wishes he had stayed in town to pick pockets. Can Eskan and his comrades survive when they clash with the advance forces of a forgotten empire? What cause can force them to face the wrath of the wizard who also seeks the girl?

Naturally, that's all subject to change.

Have you ever been to court? If so, was your experience amusing, or otherwiise? Let me know.

I finished reading Bitter Glory by David Swatton today. Look for my review on my blogspot blog later in the week.