Updated: Tuscola man willing to settle lawsuit over hunting instrument
NEW 11:30 a.m. Tuesday:
In response to the state's move to dismiss his case, Chief AJ responds with the following statement:
"Defendants motion to have the case terminated without a trial only further demonstrates the Defendants RACIAL DISCRIMINATION against the minority Native American Plaintiff in trying suppress the Plaintiff from having a fair trial. Plaintiff needs a fair trial to bring to light the unfair discrimination that the Defendants has imposed upon him during the past three years.”
A Tuscola man said he's willing to settle his federal lawsuit filed against the state of Illinois. But the state said the case should go away entirely.
John Huffer, who is Native American and goes by "Chief AJ", uses and sells a modified arrow-shooting slingshot for hunting. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said that's OK for small game, like fish, but not for big game, like deer. So, Chief AJ sued IDNR for $5 million claiming that he's being discriminated against.
However, he now said he's willing to compromise. He said the state can start by giving people who use the sling-bows a little bit of time to hunt as they please.
A spokesperson for the Illinois Attorney General's office said Monday is the deadline for the office to file a response to Chief AJ's complaint. As of late Monday afternoon, she had no information on if that had happened. However, Chief AJ said that the state responded with a motion to dismiss the case. He now has 14 days to respond to that motion.