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Q: Did you have sex with that animal? A: That depends on what the definition of “animal” is. That’s the essence of the defense offered by the attorney for Bryan James Hathaway, a Wisconsin man facing a misdemeanor charge of sexual gratification with an animal. Police said he had sex with a dead deer he found by a roadside in October. According to the Duluth (Minn.) News Tribune, defender Fredric Anderson argued that since the deer was dead, it was not considered an animal and the charge should be dismissed. “The statute does not prohibit one from having sex with a carcass,” Anderson wrote in a recent motion. “If you include carcasses in that definition,” he said, “you really go down a slippery slope with absurd results.” Assistant District Attorney James Boughner said the statute in question is intended to punish human behavior, not protect animals. And anyway, when someone’s dog dies, the person still refers to the dog as his or her dog, not a carcass. “It stays a dog for some time,” Boughner said. Douglas County (Wis.) Circuit Court Judge Michael Lucci indicated be would rule before Dec. 1. “I’m a little surprised this issue hasn’t been tackled before in another case,” Lucci said.- Staff Reports Pay the eunuch One cash-strapped Indian city has launched a unique collection service to dislodge payment from tax deadbeats: door-to-door eunuchs. Eunuchs are regarded as powerless in India and traditionally make a living on tips for dancing at weddings or blessing newborns. But they are also known for extreme stubbornness, and Patna, the capital of Bihar state in eastern India, hired scores of them to compel shop owners to pay their tax arrears. “We are confident that their reputation and persuasive skills will come in handy for the municipal authorities to collect taxes from defaulters,” said Bharat Sharma, a revenue officer. Dancing and singing to the beat of drums and wearing bright saris, the eunuchs collected about $9,000 in cash and checks from shop owners in the city. They get 4% of what they collect from defaulters. They will be asked to help collect outstanding taxes from private homes soon, an official said.- Associated Press Toilet humor The owner of an etiquette business who was handed a plastic bag supposedly containing excrement in the hit movie Borat has complained she was told the filming would be used for a documentary in Belarus. Cindy Streit said she filed a complaint in California requesting an investigation into possible violations of the California Unfair Trade Practices Act. Streit said she arranged in Alabama both a sit-down session with Borat, played by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, and a dinner party with some of her friends. Clips of both appear in the movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. Although awkward at times, the dinner went well until Borat asked to use the bathroom, Streit said. “The next thing that happened is that he came down the stairs holding this plastic bag with whatever was in it,” said Streit, who is represented by Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred. A spokesman for 20th Century Fox, the film’s distributor, said that Streit had signed agreements clearly stating “that a movie was being filmed and that the movie could be distributed worldwide.” Streit’s demand follows complaints by others shown in the film, including a lawsuit filed by two fraternity members from a South Carolina university who appear in the film drunk.- Associated Press

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