This column is free to all. Please think about becoming a subscriber. Three columns a week for $5 a month. Price of a pint. The verdict is in and the kid got away with it. I suspected he would. Letter of the law and all that. A bit like climbing into the bear's den at the zoo, doing the Macarena to get their attention, and then shooting them when they come for a closer look. Clearly self-defense from a purely legal standpoint. But....well.....a tad inflammatory, no?