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The Tale of Blackie the Talking Cat: Miles v. City Council (1982)

By Kevin Underhill

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Here's another one for the Case Law Hall of Fame.The question in this case was whether the city of Augusta, Georgia, could impose an "occupation tax" on the plaintiffs under the circumstances. The circumstances were that plaintiffs owned a talking cat.Allegedly, they had trained the cat, "Blackie," to speak a few English words and phrases, and made a living by charging people to hear this: "It is undisputed," the court wrote, "that plaintiffs would ask for, and lived off, the contributions rece read more

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Full post as published by Lowering the Bar on December 06, 2008 (boomark / email).

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