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Colorado River Gives Up on Lawsuit

Wesley J. Smith

Colorado River

The lawsuit to declare the Colorado River a “person” entitled to human-type rights has been dropped. It isn’t that the environmental radicals who brought the case realized that geological phenomena should never be considered rights-bearing entities.

Instead, for once, the defendants threatened the radicals with real pain for pursuing the case. From the story in the Colorado Springs Gazette:

Last week, [Attorney General Cynthia] Coffman’s office announced she would seek federal sanctions against Flores-Williams for filing a frivolous lawsuit.

Yes! Make them pay for this nonsense.

Too often radicals — such as these plaintiffs and animal rights types seeking to have animals declared to be persons — are allowed to abuse the court system with ridiculous cases and treated with deference and respect. This is precisely the way to stop such cases going forward.

In other words, stop coddling the radicals who are abusing our courts!

Photo: Colorado River, by Paul Hermans (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Cross-posted at The Corner.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.

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