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Snowball Fights Are Legal! At Least in Parts of Colorado

2/11/2019

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According to the New York Times, snowball fights are now officially legal again in Severance, CO. 

 

Snowball fights have been a childhood pastime for as long as winter and children have existed. Apparently the exception, at least for the past century, has been the town of Severance in Colorado. Its law against throwing snowballs was incorporated in the town charter sometime in the 1920s for reasons that are unknown to history, according to the New York Times. The law has never been enforced, and no one knew what the penalty was for tossing a snowball at someone.

However, whether the law was enforced or not did not sit well with a nine year-old third grader named Dane Best. During a class trip to the Severance City Hall, the mayor of the community of 6,000 mentioned that some laws, such as the ban on snowball fights, are on the books for no discernible reason. Dane, understanding that the law had made him and just about every child in the town technically a criminal, decided to do something about it.

In due course, Dane presented his case at a recent meeting of the Severance Town Board, accompanied by 20 letters of support from his classmates and teacher and a PowerPoint presentation. Dane made the case that the law was outdated and that young children needed an incentive to abandon their computer games and go play outside, The Town Board, duly impressed by the young man's incisive legal logic, unanimously voted to make snowball fights legal for the first time.

As an award for his successful fight against City Hall, Dane Best was presented with a plaque and a gift certificate to buy a snowball machine. He was also presented with a snowball that had been preserved in a freezer, which he duly tossed into the air in triumph.

And who would be the target of Dane's very first legal snowball? Why his little brother, of course.

If you’ve been the victim of a car accident, Medical Malpractice, or you were hit with a snow ball with a rock in the middle, you’re probably entitled to more compensation than you think. Make sure to contact a law firm that has your best interests in mind, so that you’ll get the highest compensation possible.

By: Ryan Bradley, Partner, Koester & Bradley, LLP

Some More Crazy Legal News

3/06/2017

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Early morning tweets from the Commander in Chief are not the only interesting news coming out of our Nation's Capital these days.  There is a healthy supply of entertaining legal news as well.

Legal news
 can be amusing, and this time it involves a very young child and a citation for littering. Details are emerging as to how a two-year-old girl from Washington D.C. received a $75 ticket.

Envelope in Alley

According to a report by  CBS 12 News, it was the discovery of an envelope with the child's name on it led to the fine. It was allegedly found on the ground in an alley near West Virginia Avenue, in the northeastern section of Washington D.C.

The child's parents related to reporters how they have always taught their daughter not to litter, so they viewed the ticket as quite ironic. In fact, when the citation arrived in the mail, their two-year-old reportedly said, "Littering, that's not good."

Inspector Firm on Fine

After the family received the citation, the girl's mother contacted the Department of Public Works (DPW) inspector who wrote up the report that led to the issuance of the citation. At first, the inspector insisted  the ticket would not be rescinded because the girl's name was on it. However, the public official eventually suggested that the ticket could be dismissed if the family provided proof of the child's age.

Official Visits “Scene of the Crime”

Eventually, a DPW official went to the neighborhood to look into the incident for himself. After the visit, he said the family would not have to pay the fine.

The little girl’s parents concluded that the envelope merely fell out of the trash when it was being taken to the dumpster in the alley.

Koester and Bradley, LLP, focuses on personal injury, car accident, product liability and medical malpractice cases. To learn more about our legal services, please  contact us.  Just remember, if you are going to litter, make sure your name is not on the material (or better yet, don't litter at all).  Now that is something we can all Tweet about.

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Ryan R Bradley is a personal injury and litigation lawyer based in Champaign County Illinois focused on representing injured clients and businesses navigate the maze of litigation to financial recovery.  


Tom Koester is a personal injury attorney based in Champaign County in Central Illinois focused on representing the injured and victims of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injuries.