October 9, 2007 5:41 PM

Blinded teen seeks to compel use of unpublished court rulings

An errant paintball partially blinded Joshua Hild. It also opened his eyes to how courts work. Hild, of Fresno County, Calif., won $704,633 in a civil lawsuit, only to lose the award in appeals court. Now, in a potentially ground-breaking federal lawsuit, the former resident of tiny Big Creek is challenging how judicial opinions are used while he gets a crash course in the law.

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