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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: My license to practice law in California is currently suspended. The state bar is saying that I have engaged in the unauthorized practice of law because, among other things, I referred to myself as "Esquire" in a court document. But couldn't "Esquire" just be a reference to "a subscriber to the magazine Esquire"?

Answer: The California bar says no to that argument, sorry. (Legal Profession Blog, The Meaning Of "Esquire")

2) Question: I am a policeman. We pulled a very drunk man over to give him a breathalyzer test, and he blew almost three times the legal breath-alcohol limit. While we were filling out the paperwork to charge him, we heard the sound of running water -- which turned out to be the motorist urinating directly onto our box of breath screening tubes. We had to destroy 301 contaminated tubes! This was not covered by my training -- is there some additional charge we can add against this guy to address this situation?

Answer: Yes, the urinating motorist can be charged with "wilful damage" on top of the drunk driving counts, plus he can be ordered to pay for the tubes. (The New Zealand HeraldDrunk driver pees on breath test equipment)

3) Question: The police have caught me red-handed for stealing some items from a hotel room. I am thinking of using the "it was my twin sister" defense, however, like in the movies. Do you think this will work?

Answer: That defense seems doubtful at best -- and remember, it can only work if you actually have a twin sister in the first place. (WTAE, Police: Woman claims twin stole Big Beaver hotel items)

Posted by Bruce Carton on August 24, 2012 at 11:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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