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Old 02-28-2006, 09:13 PM
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Hunting Accidents.

I read this blurb in The Week. It talks about hunting accidents and implies that those who injure another while hunting seem to be held less culpable than someone injured or killed in say an car accident. The author theorizes that it is in part caused by this countries love affair with guns. He goes on to say that there was a case in Maine where a woman was leaving her home in the woods where a hunter was located. He was aprox 180 feet away and using a scope. He thought she was a buck and shot her. A jury cleared him of manslaughter and blamed the woman for wearing white mittens during hunting season. Seems like that Florida case a while back where a woman was raped in a bar and the jury said she was asking for it because she went comando.

I do hope that case is an exception to the rule but even 1 case suck as that is appalling. Does anyone have a way of getting the details of the case? I am guessing there has to be more to it but for the life of me cannot think of what it might be.

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I don't have any info on that specific case, but personally think the article is anti-hunting spin. In over 20 years of hunting, I have personally known of maybe 1/2 dozen hunting accidents involving shooting and none were presumed to be the victim's fault. In reading the newspaper and other news sources re hunting accidents in other places for the past 20 years, I don't recall but maybe one or two instances where the victim was presumed or found to be at fault. However, there are certainly cases I could propose where the accident would be 100% or comparitavely at fault, such as a victim not wearing orange, dressing up like a deer (, ect....

That Maine case sounds like the prosecutor charged the hunter with the wrong crime. I bet he didn't get off so easy in the civil suit that followed the criminal action(think OJ).

My opinion that some groups are going to use the possible Cheney spin on Whittington to start a 'hunters suck' campaign, nothing more.
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Old 03-01-2006, 12:58 PM
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How many people are killed by out of control skiers every year?
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Old 03-01-2006, 01:47 PM
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Here you go......

http://www.courttv.com/trials/berseth/backgrounder_ctv.html

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