09-28-2005, 04:30 PM #1Former Member
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Cousins accused of 'dueling'
It is the new millennium, but in Michigan and Macomb County, 19th century law still applies.
Two Mount Clemens male cousins will be charged with the rarely implemented charge -- "dueling -- engaging in/issuing challenge" under state law -- for a fight Monday afternoon outside their home in which one of them suffered a stab wound to the stomach.
The offense, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, was penned in 1846.
"The 1800s are alive and well in Mount Clemens," quipped Dean Alan, chief of the Macomb County Prosecutor's Office warrants division, which approved the warrant Tuesday. "All we need are the mineral baths."
Hackel said he wholeheartedly supports the unusual charge. In the incident, the two men who reside in the same home on Walnut Street with other relatives disagreed over a $30 debt. Wielding a knife, the older cousin confronted the younger cousin, who retrieved a knife and accepted the challenge, the sheriff said.
09-28-2005, 07:19 PM #2Originally Posted by Casshew
09-29-2005, 01:41 PM #3Originally Posted by Buzzm1