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The Day's Three Burning Legal Questions

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

1) Question: I've been offered a job in a plant making computer and telephone equipment. It seems like a great opportunity, but why is the employer requiring me to sign a pledge promising not to kill myself and stating I will "treasure my life"?

Answer: Careful! Some of these plants supposedly work their employees "inhumanely, like machines." Perhaps the "no suicide" pledge is a red flag? (Consumerist, Chinese iPad Workers Forced To Sign "No Suicide" Pledge)

2) Question: All I said in front of the police officer was "get him." How can I be convicted for "intimidating an officer"?  What about the First Amendment?

Answer: Valid point, but remember that if your words immediately incite an attack on the officer by your dog, you would not have a defense under the First Amendment. (UNDERDOG, D.C. Ct. App.: Words that incite a dog's attack are not First-Amendment protected)

3) Question: We've been practicing for months for this dog show. Why is my dog so lethargic and out-of-it today?

Answer: You might want to check your dog's food bowl. Sometimes competing owners will slip drugs into the food of competing dogs. FYI, dog-drugging of this sort can be punished as misdemeanor cruelty to animals and attempted criminal damage to property. (Turley, Pixie Pills: Pennsylvania Man Charged With Drugging Dog At Competition)

Posted by Bruce Carton on May 6, 2011 at 05:19 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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