This year's result was a little different. A ruling from Judge Fred Morrison said, in part, "Hunters must afford wild animals the same right Patrick Henry yearned for: 'Give me liberty, or give me death!'"
The lawsuit this year focused on the permit issued by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to Clay Logan, owner of Logan Corner Store and organizer of the event for the last 19 years. "The Commission," wrote Morrison, "had no authority to issue any permit to Logan for the unlawful public display of a native wild animal."
Logan vowed to continue the drop, although without breaking the law.
Brasstown may be a little quieter this New Year's Eve.
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