Thursday, April 20, 2017

Flatware conflict?

2/6's Justice Yegan begins today's opinion in In re B.M. like this:

Image result for butter knife
The Treachery of Images:
Ceci ne'est pas une couteau à beurre?
A common butter knife is designed to cut and spread butter. In the hand of a person bent on assaulting another, it may be a useful tool to inflict great bodily injury. Consistent with an express direction from the California Supreme Court (People v. McCoy (1944) 25 Cal.2d l77, l88-189) and time-honored rules on appeal, we conclude that the trial court’s factual finding that the instant butter knife was a deadly weapon must be affirmed on appeal. To the extent that In re Brandon T. (2011) 191 Cal.App.4th 1491 holds to the contrary, we respectfully disagree.
See also fn. 2 for a history lesson: Did you know that One Punch Man served as Abe Lincoln's body guard?