And the odd part is...
Gmail was kind enough to press this link upon me.
An injured woman who slipped in an Alaskan parking lot can sue the federal government for failing to remove snow and ice, a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Monday.This is one of the latest in Reuters's "Oddly Enough" series of stories. What I can't understand is what's so odd about it. A woman slips and falls because of the negligence of a landowner in maintaining its property. Wow, that's odd! ...except, no, it happens all the time. As far as I can glean from the paltry facts in the story, the U.S. government was attempting to invoke sovereign immunity, but immunity based on the law of Alaska, which apparently retains that immunity for municipalities. The U.S. government not being a municipality, the Federal Tort Claims Act probably took over.
I guess...I really don't know why that's odd. Slow news day?