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Thursday'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 incarcerated in a prison, but what gives the state the right to call me an "inmate?" The word "inmate" wrongly implies that I am "locked up for the purpose of mating with other men," and that's absolutely not the case! Can I sue the state over this?

Answer: You can, but please consider that according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word you dislike "derives from 'inn-mate,' or 'one who occupies a dwelling [e.g. an inn] along with others,' not 'one who goes to an inn in order to mate.'" (Lowering the Bar, Lawsuit Demands End to Use of Term "Inmate")

2) Question: I have carefully read Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Things You Can't Do on a Plane. That is useful information, but what about taking a photo of the nametag of a rude flight attendant. Can you do that on a plane?

Answer: No way. That would make you a security risk. (Pixiq, Woman Escorted Off US Airways Flight For Snapping Photo) (via Consumerist)

3) Question: I'm homeless, but I have a cell phone that needs to be charged. Can I charge my cell phone up using an outdoor electrical outlet belonging to a local business?

Answer: It may just be a couple of pennies worth of electricity but using someone else's outdoor outlet in places like Bangor, Maine can get you charged with the crime of "theft of services." (KFBK News, Man Charged For Plugging Cell Phones Into Outdoor Outlets) (via Jonathan Turley)

Posted by Bruce Carton on July 7, 2011 at 12:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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