Sticking to the Law.  

nightstogether 56M
818 posts
8/5/2005 3:21 am

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Sticking to the Law.

Forget about why the chicken crossed the road. Instead, ask: What happened after the chicken crossed the road?

In Kern County, Calif., the chicken got a ticket.

Linc and Helena Moore, the owners of a bold chicken, received a ticket after the bird crossed the highway in the presence of a Kern County Sheriff's deputy on March 26.

According to Sgt. Francis Moore (no relation), the deputy was in the area for a separate traffic matter when the couple's neighbors flagged him down about several birds roaming the area.

The Moores, who raise chickens for their own consumption, had reportedly clashed with their neighbors in the past about their uncaged birds. The neighbors had also complained to authorities that the birds were a public nuisance and dangerous for traffic.

"The chickens were all over the yard when the deputy arrived," Sgt. Moore said. "Then one of the birds crossed the road in his presence."

But the deputy cited the Moores about the errant bird only after they refused to cooperate and cage the rest of their poultry, the sergeant said.

Linc and Helena Moore were issued a $54 ticket under a California Food and Agriculture Code that forbids livestock on the highway.

The Moores, who live in Johannesburg, a rural mining town of 50, pleaded not guilty in court on May 13 and have refused to pay the fine. According to the Ridgecrest Daily Independent, the couple contends that they were ticketed in retaliation for their complaints to the Kern County Sheriff's Department about other incidents.

If charges are not dropped, the case may go to a jury trial on May 27. It's unclear if the chicken will be called to testify.

private-intellectual (.de)

_CoffeeNoCream_ 52F

8/6/2005 5:41 am

wow....such crime

{=} CnC

Mccartney2003 38M
281 posts
8/7/2005 1:34 am

More proof that the farmer or rancher is dammed in this new world.
Though I hate the neighbors goats eating my rose bushes.

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