In 1935, in a town in New Jersey called Scotch Plains, there was a dispute over an eminent domain taking for the purpose of running a high-tension line that ended in the resisting landowner being shot and his wife killed by sheriff's deputies when they attempted to serve a court order on him in regards to his pastime of tossing metal onto the lines to short them out. That’s not the odd thing. The odd thing is that the 3 law enforcement officers were prosecuted for the shootings, and the prosecutor evidently wanted to throw the book at them. If anyone can find more details, I’d be grateful.
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