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Wednesday's Three Burning Legal Questions

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

1) Question: We lost our beautiful Rottweiler puppy after it wandered off of our property. It turned out the puppy went onto our neighbor's property and instead of returning the pup to us, they sold it on Craigslist for $50 and told the police that the puppy had run away! What is this i don't even. ... Seriously, what is the proper punishment for this -- life in prison? 

Answer: No, but they could be charged with conspiracy, not making a reasonable effort to return lost property and making a false report. (The Associated Press, Police: Pa. couple sold neighbor's lost puppy)

2) Question: My 11-year-old nephew is all wet after going on a water ride at the fair. If I let him ride in my sweet Lexus, the water will surely damage my leather seats, so would it be OK if I just have him ride in the trunk? 

Answer: I hear you on the leather seats, but putting your nephew in the trunk can get you charged with child endangerment and up to a year in prison and $3,000 in fines. (Star TribuneEdina woman accused of making her nephew ride in trunk of Lexus)

3) Question: I am a police officer. We pulled a man over because we believed he may have been driving while intoxicated but when we asked him to step out of the vehicle for a sobriety test he stated, "I ain't doing none of that ... I'm not taking no sobriety test. I done seen it on the MythBusters." Translation, please?

Answer: MythBusters is a Discovery Channel show that "aims to uncover the truth behind popular myths and legends by mixing scientific method with gleeful curiosity and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create a signature style of experimentation." But according to my sources, MythBusters has not looked at sobriety tests used by law enforcement officials. The MythBusters defense therefore seems weak. (TC Palm, Man in Fort Pierce refuses sobriety test, says 'I done seen it on the MythBusters')

Posted by Bruce Carton on September 19, 2012 at 04:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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