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The Day's Three Burning Legal Questions

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

1) Question: I was a complete jerk to my ex-girlfriend while we were dating, to the point that it inspired her to write enough lovelorn songs to create a popular album. Am I entitled to some of the album's royalties for my role in the creative process here?

Answer: Novel theory, but I'm going to have to go with "no."(NME, Adele's ex-boyfriend demands '19' album royalties)

2) Question: I've just been sentenced to 20 years in prison, but I'm thinking about asking the judge to tack on four more years to the sentence so that it will be 24 years -- the same number that my favorite basketball player wears on his jersey! Awesome, right? Will the court allow this?

Answer: The court may well indulge your request to tack four more years on, but rethink this. Others who have increased their sentences to match their favorite player's number have later regretted it once they started doing hard time. (Boston.com, Oklahoma inmate's tribute to Larry Bird's number 33 backfired)

3) Question: I have some thoughts for a new business, but they are inchoate. Actually, some parts of my plan are inchoate, but others are quite choate. With respect to the ones that are choate, how can I --

Answer: STOP! As Judge Posner wrote in an opinion this week, the word “choate” is a "barbarism" that, while "fairly well ensconced in the legal vocabulary," shall not be used in his court as it is "not only a sign of ignorance but also a source of confusion." LBW will similarly not entertain such a barbaric, ignorant and confusing question. (Judge Richard Posner, Bloomfield State Bank v. U.S.)

Posted by Bruce Carton on May 13, 2011 at 04:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

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