A blanket rule condemning all pit bulls is the epitome of judicial overreach

May 10, 2012

All lions — not some — will bite your head off. All bears — not some — will shred you to pieces. All crocodiles — not some — will chop you in half. These are examples of "inherently dangerous" animals.

To the contrary, only some pit bulls — but not all — will hurt you. That's why there needs to be a case-by-case determination of the facts about a particular dog.

A blanket ruling condemning an entire breed is the epitome of intellectual laziness and the absence of judicial discretion.

Jonathan S. Edelman, Baltimore

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