Discussion Topic: Vermont Grouse Hunter Gets Aggravated Assault

From The Burlington Free Press:
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The Vermont Supreme Court has ruled that a hunter who shoots and injures someone because he or she didn't properly identify the target can face an aggravated assault charge.

[The] court upheld the aggravated assault conviction of Eric Patch, who was out partridge hunting in November of 2006 when he saw movement in a tree, fired his 12-gauge shotgun and hit a deer hunter.

Patch sought dismissal and then acquittal on the charge, saying the state did not prove he intended to harm the victim. 

The high court found that intent wasn’t a necessary component of the crime, and that the recklessness of firing without being sure of the target was sufficient._

What do you think?