Tuesday, June 13, 2006

U.S. v. Faulkner (9th Cir. - June 13, 2006)

No, not that Faulkner. (Nor that -- much less well-known -- Faulkner either). Donald Faulkner. The man. The myth. The legend. The guy with an open container of beer in his car.

Here's the wacky thing about this opinion. Judge Reinhardt concurs. To express a view in a criminal case that's more conservative than the majority opinion.

Oh yeah. You see that every day. Not.

That fact alone makes this one worth reading. Even if you don't plan on boozing it up when you enter the BLM's Paradise Recreation Center in Three Rivers, California. But, if you do, FYI, at the booth at the entrance to the facility, you'll meet Chief Ranger Ed Ruth. Who'll make you pour out your beer before entering the BLM land. Or -- incredibly nicely, in my view -- he'll hold your booze for you until you leave.

What a guy!