Supreme Court hearing on an Alaskan hunter’s hovercraft: It’s complicated

Washington Post– It is easy to understand why Alaska outdoorsman John Sturgeon finds a hovercraft useful in skimming across a shallow riverbed to get to his favorite moose-hunting spot in the Yukon wilderness.

But the Supreme Court seemed to find it much more difficult to decide whether the National Park Service had the authority to tell him no.

How difficult? At one point, Justice Stephen G. Breyer proposed a lengthy question that attempted to untangle the legal intricacies of federal park regulations and the special law that guides stewardship of the government’s vast landholdings in Alaska.

“Sorry,” Breyer said at the end of his question to Alaska Assistant Attorney General Ruth Botstein. “I shouldn’t have got into it. It’s too complicated. Skip the question.”