If Bigfoot is found, it won’t be in Iowa – at least not for the next few weeks. A prosecutor has asked a judge in Iowa City to ban Bigfoot from the trial of Eddie Tipton, a lottery official about to be tried for fixing multiple jackpots. Wait, what?
Eddie Tipton is the former Multi-State Lottery Association security director who is accused of manipulating the outcomes of lottery jackpots in Iowa, Colorado, Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma from 2005 to 2011. According to investigators, he altered the computers that run the games so he knew the winning numbers in advance. Tipton has already been convicted of fraud in an attempt to claim a $16.5 million Hot Lotto jackpot in Iowa and will soon stand trial on charges of ongoing criminal conduct and money laundering related to the lotteries in other states.
What does this have to do with Bigfoot? Is Bigfoot an irate lottery loser who could disrupt the trial? Not quite. Eddie Tipton gave the winning numbers to friends and relatives to play and win. Those friends and relatives included his brother Tommy and two of Tommy’s friends who met while hunting for Sasquatch as members of the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization. Ah-ha!
Ah-ha? What’s the big(foot) deal? Iowa prosecutor Rob Sand says any mention of Bigfoot at the trial could affect the outcome.
The prejudicial effect could potentially be as strong as Sasquatch itself. Jurors could be incredulous. They could find it unusual enough that it outweighs other evidence in their mind.
What kind of impartiality is that?
Members of the Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization don’t mind being left out of the trial. A representative says they’ve had no contact with Tommy Tipton for at least 15 years. What about Eddie Tipton? He let his lawyer answer:
I don't know if Eddie Tipton wants to be disclosed as a Bigfoot hunter or not but we'll certainly look into the whole Bigfoot issue and file a response.
What does Bigfoot think about all of this? There was no response from him nor his attorney at the law firm of Dewey, Beleeve and Howe.