On Unclaimed Deer Venison

Iowa has a specific statute to deal with abandoned deer venison processed at an approved facility.

All deer venison deposited with an establishment licensed pursuant to chapter 189A, which remains unclaimed for a period of two months after the establishment has attempted to contact the deer venison owner at least once by ordinary mail at the owner’s last known mailing address, shall be presumed to be abandoned. The establishment may dispose of the abandoned deer venison by donating the deer venison to a local nonprofit, charitable organization.

The first question this raises in my mind is why the existing Iowa statutes regarding abandoned property were insufficient to deal with the the problem of abandoned venison.

Selya’s Words of the Day

We need not tarry. The sentence imposed in this case falls comfortably within the commodious bounds of reasonableness.

Tarry – intransitive verb. “to abide or stay in or at a place.”

Commodious – adj. “comfortably spacious.”

From an opinion upholding a five-plus year sentence for being in possession of a 9mm pistol modified to be fully automatic.

Selya’s Word of the Week

dysphemistically – adv. substituting a harsher word for a milder one; the opposite of euphemistically.

Plaintiff-appellant Alison Cioffi is an exotic dancer who resides in Woburn, Massachusetts. She applied for and accepted employment with Club Fantasies (the Club), an adult entertainment venue (dysphemistically called a “strip club”) operated in Providence, Rhode Island, by defendant-appellee Gilbert Enterprises, Inc.

On the Use of Hovercraft in the Yukon National Park

John Sturgeon (“Sturgeon”) challenges the National Park Service’s (“NPS”) enforcement of a regulation banning the operation of hovercrafts on the Nation River, part of which falls within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. The ban prevented Sturgeon from using his personal hovercraft on his moose hunting trips on the Nation River.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ban.

On Detaining Poultry Thieves in Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, it is legal for the owner of poultry to detain a poultry thief who “breaks or enters in the night” for “not more than twenty-four hours, Sunday excepted, until a complaint can be made against him for the offence[sic].” This is a felony that carries a penalty of up to three years in state prison or a steep $250 fine.