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Monday'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 a happy person and I like to smile, OK? What gives the DMV the right to tell me not to smile in my driver's license photo?

Answer: You can smile, but just not a big, toothy "as if you just won the $5 million dollars in the lottery smile." That throws off the facial recognition software used in most states. (CBS News, N.J. frowns upon smiling in driver's license photos)

2) Question: I tried to pay a toll today with a $100 bill, and the toll booth operator made me wait FOREVER while he wrote down information about my vehicle and my tag number. This is an illegal detention, right?

Answer: No, you "chose to pay the toll by tendering a large-denomination bill" and therefore "implicitly consented to the delay caused by tendering payment in this way." (ABA Journal, Don't Want Toll Booth Delay? Don't Pay with Big Bills, Says 11th Circuit)

3) Question: I stole a valuable collection of coins dating back to the early 1800s that was supposedly worth $100,000, but it all just looked like old coins to me! In fact, I spent a bunch of the stolen quarters at face value on pizza and a movie. Can I get in trouble for this?

Answer: Yes, that is first-degree theft. (The ColumbianVancouver man accused of antique coins theft)

Posted by Bruce Carton on September 24, 2012 at 01:47 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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