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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: My kids talked me into going to this stupid pumpkin patch and I just blew $75 on funnel cakes and hay rides. Oh well. On the way to the car I grabbed a little pumpkin off the ground. Do I need to pay for this? 

Answer: Too late now. Expect handcuffs and a jury trial in your immediate future for stealing a gourd. (The Consumerist, Woman Facing Jury Trial Over $2 Pumpkin She Accidentally Stole, Offered To Pay For)

2) Question: I have a great idea for my new vanity license plates. I will get tags reading, "NO TAGS." Get it?? Awesome, right? Will the Department of Motor Vehicles let me get these tags?

Answer: The DMV probably won't stop you but just realize that whenever police need to ticket a car with no tags they write "NO TAGS" in place of the license plate number. This could get extremely expensive for you. (The Sideshow, DC man's 'NO TAGS' vanity plate earns him $20,000 in tickets)

3) Question: I'm the bailiff at the state court. A guy who was just convicted of armed trespass and reckless display of a weapon just grabbed a large aspirin bottle he had, drank something out of it and collapsed on the floor! He says it contained poison. This was not covered by the bailiff training -- what am I supposed to do here? 

Answer: Call an ambulance for sure, but you might want to investigate this a bit while you are waiting for it to arrive. Sometimes defendants will drink fake poison and pretend to collapse in open court. (ABA Journal, Man Drinks Fake Poison After Being Convicted for Threatening to Shoot Himself in Court)

Posted by Bruce Carton on February 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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