Every profession has its toolbox of near essentials. For a lawyer, I think a good craw is just about indispensable. Even though humans don’t actually have “craws” (with the possible exception of Don Rickles), a figurative craw is most useful for the practice of law. You need a place to jam the stuff that just rubs you the wrong way. You’ve got to store the things you just can’t quite digest so that you can pull them out, poke at them a bit, and turn them over as over as you look to make sense of them.
Something that has been stuck in my craw for awhile now has been the Alaska Supreme Court’s decision in Roeland v. Trucano. This came down in late August, and yes, it’s been wedged tightly in my craw ever since.
The facts of the whole dispute are a bit convoluted. Two folks from Belgium held a right of first refusal on a piece of real property located in Juneau. (Belgians in Juneau? Who knew?) The Trucano guys who gave that right of first refusal made a deal to sell a 25% interest in the property to a fellow named Coates. In exchange, Coates was going to give Trucano a 25% interest in the souvenir shop he was going to put on the property, as well as interests in other businesses that he might someday open in the future in Juneau. (I kid you not, the deal was that vague and open-ended.)