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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: Why do these police officers keep writing me traffic tickets? Don't they know that I have good explanations and that, as a judge, I can just order that these tickets against me are dismissed?

Answer: True, but remember that the rules of judicial conduct in almost any jurisdiction will require you to disqualify yourself in proceedings in which you are a party. (Lancaster Online, Judge nixed her own tickets)

2) Question: I'm reaaalllly drunk and I've been put into the back of the "drunk van" by authorities. I could be wrong (did I mention I was really drunk?) but it seems like the van is being driven recklessly against traffic and that we just crashed into a bus. Can someone explain the "drunk van" concept again to me?

Answer: The idea is to pick up inebriated people and shuttle them to sleeping centers. But sometimes a drunk person who sees the van parked with the keys in the ignition will jump in and take the van for an ill-fated, against-traffic drive with the inebriated passengers in the back along for the ride. (The Associated Press, Alaska inebriate service van taken on drunken joyride)

3) Question: I've found a nice house in a great neighborhood in Texas that I'd like to live in. The house was a foreclosure and is now vacant. Can I just walk in, put up "No Trespassing" signs and take it for my own for free?

Answer: If you can manage to stay in the house for three years, you may be able to secure title to the house under Texas' law of adverse possession. (, Stranger moves into foreclosed home, citing little-knownTexas law)

Posted by Bruce Carton on July 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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