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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: Here are the important pieces of what I am calling "Operation Rob a Local Internet Cafe." Please let me know if I have forgotten anything: Visit an Internet cafe and hang around inconspicuously using its computers, checking Facebook, etc.; after browsing the Web for a bit, go to the cashier to pay for my usage time and assault the man at the register; demand all the money in the register; get the money and escape on a stolen motorcycle. Foolproof, right?

Answer: You forgot to add "Log out of my Facebook account," which is key. (Digital TrendsTwo men rob Internet cafe, forget to log out of Facebook prior to robbery)

2) Question: I am a police officer. We caught a man trying to steal a $20,000 diamond, and he tried to hide the evidence by swallowing it! That was several days ago, and while he has had several bowel movements in that time, the diamond has not yet seen the light of day if you know what I'm saying (don't ask how I know this). We can only hold the alleged thief in custody for so long -- what should we do?

Answer: You can ask the court to extend the amount of time you can keep him in custody (with no toilet) given the hoped-for arrival of the diamond in the near future. In the meantime, you can charge him with "theft and breach of court conditions" and then up that to "possession of stolen property" once nature runs its course. (Montreal GazetteDiamond thief still sitting on the evidence)

3) Question: I work for the county mowing lawns. Today I found a loaded, snubnosed revolver in the grass we were mowing so I put it in our work van and then took it to the local police department. Was that the right thing to do?

Answer: It sure seems like it, but in some counties like Wayne County, Mich., that will get you fired for "possessing a weapon on work property." (myFOXDetroit, Wayne County Worker Fired after Finding Gun on the Job)

Posted by Bruce Carton on May 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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