Who Knew Criminal Law Could Be Comedy?

From Buffalo Dawg:

Here are the first lines of my Criminal Law case for today. It was just entertaining enough to provide a little levity on a stress filled Monday morning:

May a person who enters the habitat of another at 3 O'clock in the morning for the announced purpose of killing him, and who commences to beat the startled sleeper's bed with a stick and set fires under him, be entitled to use deadly force in self defense after the intended victim shoots him in the back with a bow and arrow? Upon the basis of these bizarre facts, we hold that he may not, and instead must suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune (with apologies to William Shakespeare and Hamlet, Act III sc. 1).

For those interested in reading the rest of this highly entertaining case, look up 193 Cal. App. 3d 199. You would think that this was a case from back in the day, but no, it is from 1987. Californians sure are interesting.