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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'm in the airport gift shop and my flight leaves in 20 minutes. Should I get the snow globe for my kids or not?

Answer: What!? Are you not concerned with airport safety? Did you not see the large, stand-alone sign that clearly states that snow globes of any size are not allowed to be carried through the airport security checkpoint?  (Seth's Blog, Don't Snowglobe Me, Bro)


2) Question: I noted your answer a couple of weeks ago to the woman who paid the Florida police officer who pulled her over a "roadside fee" to avoid a speeding ticket. You said Florida had no such program. How about a $400 "in-store" fee to avoid embarrassment and police involvement if you get caught shoplifting by store security at a grocery store? Is that legit?

Answer: Hmmm -- creative. But threatening to report that someone has committed a crime can be considered a form of extortion, so this may not be legit after all. (The New York Times, Stores’ Treatment of Shoplifters Tests Rights)

3) Question: What do you mean I need to stand trial? What part of "I don't remember raping anyone because I was sleepwalking at the time" don't you understand?

Answer: Not everyone buys into the sleepwalking defense, I guess. And FYI, if the prosecutors fail to call a "sleep disorders expert" as a witness, you could get a new trial. (AAP, Alleged sleepwalker gets new rape trial)

Posted by Bruce Carton on June 22, 2010 at 12:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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