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Monday's Three Burning Legal Questions

Here are today's three burning legal questions, along with the answers provided by the blogosphere.

1) Question: A mall Rent-a-Cop is trying to detain me for shoplifting even though I just explained that I am a freelance reporter and I was stealing the item for an assignment I'm doing "on the side." Isn't this covered by the First Amendment or something?

Answer: Umm, no. The "freelance assignment" defense is unlikely to prevent police from arresting you in this instance, sorry. (CTPost.com, Reporter: Shoplifting was part of a "freelance" assignment)

2) Question: I don't want to get into all the details, but quick question: is there a search engine I can use to find out the exact relationship I have with a particular cousin? We have a wedding to plan here!


Answer: Yes, you are in luck! The Wolfram Alpha computational search engine should work. I hope it gives you the answer you are looking for! (Futurelawyer, But Will It Tell Me Which Relatives I Can Safely Marry?)

Firemans 3) Question: My fellow firefighters and I just saved a half-dozen kegs of beer from a burning hotel. It's OK if we, you know, celebrate a bit back at the fire hall with one of the kegs we pulled from the fire, right?

Answer: Not recommended! You might get yourself suspended or even charged with theft. (The Chronicle, Firefighters admit tapping rescued keg)

Posted by Bruce Carton on June 28, 2010 at 02:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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