Obiter Dicta

Who's Your Daddy?


And who better than Snowmass Casanova to provide the other half of the DNA?

The couple—both of which are prized alpacas, close relatives of the llama—were slated for a coupling to produce an offspring of similar high qualily.?

According to Peruvian Lily’s owner, Cathy Crosson of Bloomington, Ind., she had a contract with Larry Johnson of Likada Farms in Wayne, Ill., for the services of Snowmass Casanova, his star sire. Crosson says that Johnson refused to honor the terms of the contract and alleges he substituted another male to impregnate Peruvian Lily. Blood testing was performed, she says, that ruled out Snowmass Casa nova as the father. And without know ing the father’s identity, Cros son says, the baby cannot be registered and sold.

In April, Crosson filed a lawsuit against Johnson and Likada Farms in the Monroe County (Ind.) Circuit Court alleging breach of contract and breach of the duties of good faith and fair dealing.

The complaint states that “John son [has] refused to provide information regarding oth er possible sires, without which information plaintiff is unable to register the offspring.” Crosson, who says Johnson “is merely being truculent,” seeks specific performance of the contract, which includes additional breedings as well as compensatory and punitive damages.

Johnson could not be reached for comment.

Oral Fixation Feds Have a Thing for Defendants’ Dental Bling, But Get Burned Trying to Grab ‘Grills’

There was considerable gnashing of teeth recently when the long arm of the law tried to reach into the mouths of two drug defendants.

A warrant filed in March in U.S. District Court in the Western District of Washington at Tacoma—by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—sought the seizure of “removable cosmetic dental appliances, commonly known as ‘grills.’ ”

The grills—usually made of jewelry and precious metals—adorn the choppers of defendants Flenard Neal Jr. and Donald Lewis. They are forfeitable, according to the warrant, because they “constitute or are traceable to proceeds … of the distribution” of controlled substances.

But unbeknownst to the ATF, the grills were permanently bonded to the men’s teeth. Neal’s public defender, Miriam Schwartz, says the feds’ attempt to seize the grills was carried out with a secret, sealed order.

“I was greeted at my office by co-workers telling me Mr. Neal called and said they were having their [grills] removed,” she says. “This was the first I’d heard of it.”

Schwartz and Zenon Peter Olbertz, who represents Lewis, immediately contacted a U.S. magistrate judge, who issued an oral order to stay the pro ceedings.

Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle, says Neal’s and Lewis’ attorneys were not notified of the intended seizure because “it was handled like any oth er forfeiture. In hindsight, we should have done a better job of letting them know.”

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