An Indiana Law 3L was arrested last week, accused of firing a rifle from his Bloomington apartment balcony. Jesse Sneed, 27, was charged with criminal recklessness in connection with the incident, in which no one was hurt. Sneed (pictured, top left) was summarily suspended on Friday and cannot return on campus, according to a university spokesman. Here are reports from TaxProf and ATL.
What jumped out at the Law Blog were reports that he was apparently aiming his rifle at his Real Estate Transfer Finance and Development casebook (pictured, top right). The book was found in the parking lot, shot clean through by two rounds, according to investigators. Sneed, who reportedly had an AR-15 and an AK-47 in his apartment, is reportedly set to undergo a psychiatric evaluation while awaiting a court appearance.
The Law Blog reached out for the authors of Real Estate Transfer Finance and Development, law professors Grant Nelson (pictured, bottom left) and Dale Whitman (pictured, bottom right). The book, now in its seventh edition, was first published in 1976. As far as we know, it’s the first time it’s been shot at.
“Are you serious?” said Whitman, the former dean of Missouri Law who is teaching this semester at Wash U Law. “Wow, he must not have liked that class very much.” Pausing to reflect upon the meaning of all this, Whitman then added, “I’ve had people that say my scholarship is shot through with holes, but I’ve never had anyone prove it literally.”
Punchline #2, from a Georgetown law student:
For instance, is it ever justifiable to shoot your casebook? (Answer: A classmate of mine familiar with the book says this was most likely self-defense.)
Who says lawyers aren’t funny?