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Wednesday'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 at the public library in Seattle with my grade school-age daughter. There's a guy in the middle of the library looking at hard-core pornography on one of the library's computers! Can he do that?! This is very uncomfortable! 

Answer: The Seattle public library "facilitates access to constitutionally protected information," and will not compromise freedom of speech or censor information. The porn stays. (Consumerist, Should Libraries Let People Look At Porn In The Open?)

2) Question: I applied early admission to college. I went online yesterday and was thrilled to learn that I had been admitted! The admission letter instructed me to withdraw my applications to other schools, which I did right away. But when I went online later to check out the letter again there was a notice that the acceptance letter had been a mistake and I was actually rejected.  Now what??

Answer: Oooofffff. That hurts, sorry. The same thing happened at Vassar recently, so keep an eye on how things shake out there. (NBC New York, Dozens of Vassar College Applicants Mistakenly Get Admissions Letters)

3) Question: I'm about to walk my two dogs in a national park. Yes, I know I am supposed to have the dogs on a leash but these are tiny lapdogs that won't bother anyone. What will happen if a ranger catches me with the dogs off-leash? 

Answer: Ask yourself if walking the dogs off the leash is worth getting shot with a Taser. (Jonathan Turley, Teaching Citizens to Heel: Park Ranger Reportedly Tasers Man Walking Small Dogs Off Leash)

Posted by Bruce Carton on February 1, 2012 at 02:11 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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