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Friday's Three Burning Legal Questions

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

1) Question: I am traveling on the Dutch national railway today. Where the heck are the bathrooms on this train? 

Answer: Sorry, those trains were built with no bathrooms, but the Dutch government would like you to know that plastic pee-bags are available in the conductor's booth if that helps at all. (The Associated Press, Dutch to rail riders: Gotta go? Use this bag)

2) Question: I work for a pharmaceutical company. Generic versions of one of our drugs are about to become available, which will hurt our profits. Can we delay these generic versions by simply etching an additional line across our pill's surface?

Answer: Yes, that will work. (Consumerist, Drug Maker Adds Line To Pill's Surface To Delay Generic Versions)

3) Question: I'm a male in North Carolina, and I have been charged with assault. What is the likely sentence if I am convicted? 

Answer: Since you are a man, your sentence will depend on the gender of the person you assaulted. In North Carolina, a male who assaults a female has committed a class 1 misdemeanor, while female-on-male, male-on-male, and female-on-female assaults are generally class 2 misdemeanors. A defendant who has no prior convictions faces up to 60 days in jail for a Class A1 misdemeanor, but only up to 30 days for a class 2. (The Volokh Conspiracy, North Carolina Crime of "Assault on a Female")

Posted by Bruce Carton on October 7, 2011 at 02:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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