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Habeas Sightings: Niagara Falls, NY

Gabe Rottman,
Legislative Counsel,
ACLU Washington Legislative Office
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June 4, 2007

This just in, an e-mail with another reported Habeas sighting. This time at Niagara Falls.

My family and I were enjoying a beautiful spring day during our yearly excursion to Niagara Falls. Our son Dylan was too young to run around on his own last year, and Scott and I were hesitant about bringing him on the tour and into the caves behind the falls. This year, our rambunctious little one was too excited to be left behind, but after his third request to “play” in the waterfall, Scott took a firm grip on his hand as we boarded the tour boat.Our blue Maid of the Mist ponchos were flapping in the air as we moved closer and closer to the gushing water. I forgot about the spray hitting my face (and even about Scott and Dylan!) as I stood there in complete awe.Then there was a tug on my sleeve. Dylan was pointing to a rainbow that had formed between the American and Horseshoe Falls. But it wasn’t the rainbow that had caught his eye. Dylan was staring, completely agog, at a spot on the rocks behind the falls, just where the rainbow ended. “Mommy look! A leprechaun! He jumped down the waterfall. He’s inside the rainbow, like a real leprechaun!!”I couldn’t imagine what he thought he saw, but I stared at the spot as hard as I could, because that’s what you do. Well, a second later it was ME who was completely agog, because the little “leprechaun” perched on those rocks was actually Habeas Corpus!I know how that sounds, but there he was. . I couldn’t believe my eyes! How in the world had he made it all the way up there? “Can we go play with him?” Dylan shouted, “Please?”It’s hard to tell our little adventurer no, but I had to. Even if it WAS Habeas Corpus, I knew that by the time we made our way up to the cave, he would probably be gone. But I didn’t want to spoil the moment for Dylan. He stood there at the rail and waved and, for a brief moment, I think I saw Habeas’ little green hand wave back. Then he jumped back behind the mist of the falls and we couldn’t see him anymore.Still, it was a day we won’t forget any time soon!– Linda G., Piedmont, Rhode Island

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