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Friday, March 27, 2009

Unname that bill, lawyer says

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Have you been reading about the bill to ban sales of authentic-looking toy guns to children?

HB 2160 by Rep. Fred Allen of Little Rock cleared committee yesterday, amid some dispute about its effectiveness. It's called the De Aunta Farrow act after the West Memphis child killed accidentally by police seeking a robbery suspect. There's a dispute over whether the child was carrying a toy gun at the time that led police to believe he was armed.

Now comes Don Trimble, lawyer for the estate of Farrow, which is suing over his death. He says the child's name should not have been used on the legislation and no one had given anyone permission to do so. He said the action is detrimental to the lawsuit because it supports the view that the child was carrying something that looked like a real weapon.

(PS -- I had already decided, when Sen. Gilbert Baker invoked Tim Tebow yesterday, that it was time to end the whole named bill phenomenon anyway.)

UPDATE: Rep. Allen has responded to Trimble, apologizing for the confusion and saying he'll remove the name from his legislation.

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