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Friday's Three Burning Legal Questions

Here are today's three burning legal questions, along with the answers provided by the blogosphere.

1) Question: I hate the mug shot the police took of me. Uggghhh!!  How do I complain about it -- by calling 911? 

Answer: No, that will get you charged with misusing the 911 system. On the other hand, it could give you another opportunity for a mug shot. (The Smoking Gun, Cops: Woman Dialed 911 With Mug Shot Beef)

2) Question: I hacked in to the school's computer system and changed my son's grade from a 98 percent to a 99 percent. Obviously I barely changed it, so if I get caught, will that just be a misdemeanor in Pennsylvania? 

Answer: One percent change or not, that still constitutes unlawful use of a computer and computer trespassing, a third-degree felony in Pennsylvania. (The Consumerist, Is It Worth Hacking Into A School's System To Change Your Kid's Grade By 1 Percent?)

3) Question: I work for an airline. We accidentally sold seats on an expensive international flight for four frequent flier miles. Four! Do we have to honor this? 

Answer: It looks like you might. A new Department of Transportation rule states that once a confirmation is issued, "the seller of the air transportation cannot increase the price of that air transportation to that consumer, even when the fare is a 'mistake.'" (The Middle Seat Terminal, DOT Investigates After United Says it Will Kill Award Tickets It Sold For 4 Miles)

Posted by Bruce Carton on July 20, 2012 at 02:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)


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