Thursday, September 29, 2005

Going Aaron Burr

And here I thought dueling went out with hoop skirts and cotton gins...

From the Detroit Free Press:

Two Mt. Clemens men who tried to settle a debt dispute with knives will face charges under a 19th-century antidueling law, the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office said.

The dispute was over $30, by the way. Each man - a 19-year-old and his 32-year-old uncle - faces 10 years in prison or a $5,000 fine. The 19-year-old was stabbed in the abdomen during the duel but is in stable condition at the hospital. I personally have no idea as to why they decided to go Aaron Burr on each other; aren't disputes between aggrieved idiots usually resolved on daytime court TV?