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 am a teenager in Doylestown, Pa., and I was brought up on charges by local police after I used chalk to draw a picture of some sea turtles on a street downtown. Meanwhile, of course, my drawing has long since washed away and isn't even visible any more. Do I really need to defend myself on these stupid charges?
Answer: No, the Doylestown police have now decided that chalk drawing is not a crime because it is not "indelible and financially costly to remove." (The Associated Press, Teens no longer face charges for chalk drawing)
2) Question: The police have caught me red-handed smoking a marijuana joint on the street here in Juneau, Alaska. I see two choices here: 'fess up and take the consequences, or try to eat the evidence by swallowing the joint. Advice?
Answer: As Juneau police recently said in a similar case, having the marijuana is a class "B" misdemeanor, "which is like one step above running a red light." But destroying it is the felony of "tampering with physical evidence." So don't eat it. (Juneau Empire, Man eats joint, swallows harsher charge)
3) Question: I have been invited to a "Sharpie Party"! Sounds fun, should I go, and maybe bring the kids along?
Answer: No, "Sharpie parties" are a new kind of crime where "revelers armed with 'Sharpie' magic markers" are "lured by social media invitations to wreak havoc on foreclosed homes" with those Sharpies. (Reuters, 'Sharpie Parties' Fuel Rampage on Foreclosed US Homes)
Posted by Bruce Carton on August 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM | Permalink
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