Back in March of 2016, I wrote about the “Drone Slayer” case in the article “William “Drone Slayer” Merideth Wants Case Dismissed. Seriously?” Now just over a year later, the case has been dismissed; the judge sided with the “Drone Slayer” who shot down the drone and the owner of the destroyed drone, David Boggs, will receive nothing. If you are keeping score, this is for the federal case, the previous state level case was dismissed by Bullitt County Judge Rebecca Ward.
Despite a 1946 United States Supreme Court Decision related to ownership of airspace above private property, the question of whether or not it’s considered trespassing if you fly over your neighbor’s property remains one that doesn’t yet have a clear answer. A federal judge recently sided with the man, who later deemed himself as the “Drone Slayer,” in a case involving a drone that was shot down while hovering over the man’s sunbathing daughter.
About Senior US District Judge, Thomas B. Russell
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Russell received a B.A. from Western Kentucky University in 1967 and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1970. He was in private practice in Paducah, Kentucky from 1970 to 1994.
On September 14, 1994, Russell was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky vacated by Edward H. Johnstone. Russell was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 7, 1994, and received his commission on October 11, 1994. He served as Chief Judge from 2008 to 2011. He took senior status on November 15, 2011. He is now one of the 13 Federal Judges of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. He was appointed on May 19, 2015 by Chief Justice John Roberts.