Oh, deer: Supreme Court hears case over fawn rehab

By Greg Collard

gcollard@wvpubcast.org

The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case over whether a Pocahontas County man and his wildlife rehabilitation center had the right to rehabilitate a newborn fawn. West Virginia doesn’t grant permits to possess and rehabilitate wild deer, but Joel Rosenthal argues his state-approved business license gives him that right.

Last February, a Magistrate Court jury found Rosenthal guilty of illegal possession of wildlife. He was fined $50, plus court costs. Representing himself, Rosenthal appealed his misdemeanor conviction to circuit court – and won, leading to Tuesday’s showdown at the Supreme Court.

This segment includes Rosenthal in an exchange with Chief Justice Spike Maynard. Greg Collard also talks to Drew Tanner of the Pocahontas Times about the case.

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