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Tuesday's Three Burning Legal Questions

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

1) Question: I'm in the airport gift shop and my flight leaves in 20 minutes. Should I get the snow globe for my kids or not?

Answer: What!? Are you not concerned with airport safety? Did you not see the large, stand-alone sign that clearly states that snow globes of any size are not allowed to be carried through the airport security checkpoint?  (Seth's Blog, Don't Snowglobe Me, Bro)

Snowglobe

2) Question: I noted your answer a couple of weeks ago to the woman who paid the Florida police officer who pulled her over a "roadside fee" to avoid a speeding ticket. You said Florida had no such program. How about a $400 "in-store" fee to avoid embarrassment and police involvement if you get caught shoplifting by store security at a grocery store? Is that legit?


Answer: Hmmm -- creative. But threatening to report that someone has committed a crime can be considered a form of extortion, so this may not be legit after all. (The New York Times, Stores’ Treatment of Shoplifters Tests Rights)

3) Question: What do you mean I need to stand trial? What part of "I don't remember raping anyone because I was sleepwalking at the time" don't you understand?

Answer: Not everyone buys into the sleepwalking defense, I guess. And FYI, if the prosecutors fail to call a "sleep disorders expert" as a witness, you could get a new trial. (AAP, Alleged sleepwalker gets new rape trial)

Posted by Bruce Carton on June 22, 2010 at 12:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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