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State v. Hunt, 2018 UT App 222 (Nov. 29, 2018)

Nov 29, 2018

Can you castrate a horse in self-defense?  The court of appeals isn’t exactly sure, but still decided to reject defendant’s claim that he had to counter a menacing stallion named Confetti Magic by neutering the horse once and for all.  Affirming a conviction for wanton destruction of livestock, the court reasoned that once defendant corralled the charging horse, drove three miles for help, and then returned to perform the castration, any imminent threat posed by Confetti Magic had passed.  And yet, had defendant deployed his castration tongs at the moment Confetti Magic charged him, “the analysis may well [have] be[en] different.”