There is no joy in Brasstown, except, just possibly, among that far-Western North Carolina hamlet’s possum community. Not after the “Opossum capital of the world” struck out in court.
Senior Administrative Law Judge Fred G. Morrison Jr., deciding a celebrated case, has ruled for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and against the state Wildlife Resources Commission.
The Commission had granted a permit of sorts that legalized the annual custom, which draws sizeable crowds (for Brasstown), of lowering a live possum at midnight on New Year’s Eve. “Of sorts” is the operative phrase, because in 17, count ’em 17, pages of legal logic, Judge Morrison threw strike after strike at the Wildlife Commission’s permit.