Thursday, November 29, 2012

In Re Gilbert R. (Cal. Ct. App. - Nov. 29, 2012)

A child outsmarts the California Legislature.

You can't own a switchblade.  You can own a pocket knife.  The Legislature says that a knife is the former if it opens automatically when the owner presses a button or traps a spring or the like -- or flicks his wrist -- whereas it's the latter if the knife has an arrest mechanism.

Gilbert's a prodigy.  He's one of a small number of people who's learned how to flick his wrist to open a knife that has an arrest mechanism.

Well done.  He's not a delinquent.  Or -- more accurately -- the delinquency finding against him must be reversed.

If we could convince Gilbert to pay as much attention to his studies as he does to imitating a participant in West Side Story, we might have the next Einstein.