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Attempt to Kill a Possum, Go to Jail

Written by Gary North on August 15, 2012

A man tried to kill a possum in his back yard. He tried to hit it with a shovel. When he failed, he called the police.

They responded. They arrested him. They locked him up. The judge put a bail of $20,000 on him.

No criminal charges were made. There was a reason for this. It was not against the law to kill a possum with a shovel in his city or state. It still isn’t. He lives in California.

He sued the city. A district judge dismissed the case. But a 3-judge U.S. district appeals court has said it is not illegal to kill a possum in California.

“The police had no evidence that plaintiffs did anything more than try to kill the opossum, which they are entitled to do,” said the appellate jurists, led by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski. “A reasonable officer could not have believed that the arrests…were lawful.”

The police reported the “crime” to the media, and the family began getting death threats.

The city’s agent killed the possum. No arrest followed. The media did not find out. No death threats followed.

Conclusion: the city wants to maintain a monopoly on killing possums.

Anaheim police officials have decided to stonewall. “No comment.” This is standard operating procedure by every bureaucracy when one of its employees does a bonehead thing, and the media create bad publicity. The bureaucrats know it will all blow over. The public has a short attention span. A bureaucracy goes on forever.

Bureaucrats are rather like possums. They play dead until the threat goes away. It doesn’t take long.

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12 thoughts on “Attempt to Kill a Possum, Go to Jail

  1. The cops and the judge should be required to do a public apology to this man and pay damages. Ignorance of the law from people who are supposed to enforce it is inexcusable.

  2. NoMoreMarxistsInDC says:

    Ignorance of the law is a complete defense to the law. That's what government bureaucrats are hiding behind.

    Since Article IV, Section 2 of the US Constitution says that Citizens of each State are entitled to ALL Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States. Which means, if bureaucrats, politicians, lawyers and judges are entitled to ALL Privileges and Immunities, the Sovereign Citizenry–We The People–are entitled to ALL of the same Privileges and Immunities.


  4. How can anyone still maintain that we are a free people? We need to turn these idiots out to pasture and install a new guard in their place. The only we can affect this change in our govt is by force. They will never give up their unlawfully taken power any other way.

  5. Anaheim again ??? This city is nuckin’ futs!

  6. Just further proof that California is NUTS….. the only thing that could be nuttier is if they re-elect that skunk Pelosi!

  7. This is but more idiocy (what else would you expect) resulting from the constitutional framers establishing a government of, by, and for the people rather than a government of, by, and for Yahweh (like those found in 1600 Colonial America). If America is to ever be saved from the precipice upon which she now teeters, we must return to America's true 17th-century Christian roots.

    For more, see Chapter 3 "The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH" of "Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective" at http://www.missiontoisrael.org/biblelaw-constitut….

  8. Also see Gary North's "Conspiracy in Philadelphia: The Broken Covenant of the Constitution" at http://www.amazon.com/Conspiracy-Philadelphia-Bro….

  9. Seminole Katz says:

    Capture ALL the possums in the city / county and release them IN the City Commission Meeting Room during the Meeting and see if any of the thar' possums are kilt' ! California – what a waste.

  10. I'm thinking that from now on, any power mad, above the law douchebag cop who unlawfully arrests somebody should be beaten with a shovel until dead.

  11. Greenbulldog says:

    He called the police after he failed to kill the possum?

    What he needs is a swift kick in the ass for being stupid enough to call bureaucrats, not an arrest.

  12. And from 1 Samuel 8 we find a lesson and application:

    1 And it came to pass, when Samuel was old, that he made his sons judges over Israel.

    2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel; and the name of his second, Abiah: they were judges in Beersheba.

    3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre, and took bribes, and perverted judgment.

    4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,

    5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.

    6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord.

    7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

    8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.

    9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

    10 And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that asked of him a king.

    11 And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.

    12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.

    13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.

    14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.

    15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.

    16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.

    17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.

    18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.

    19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;

    20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.

    21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he rehearsed them in the ears of the Lord.

    22 And the Lord said to Samuel, Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king. And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, Go ye every man unto his city.

    And so, with a "king" (U.S. Constitution?) like all the other nations, we find ourselves all bound up in the laws of man! A terrible mess and God's judgement upon us!