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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: I just entered the court for my argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, but all of the judges present for the argument are from the Third Circuit. Am I in the wrong place? Am I being Punk'd?

Answer: No, sometimes every judge serving on a federal appellate court finds it necessary to recuse themself from an appeal pending in their court, and federal appellate judges serving on a neighboring circuit will be assigned to sit by designation to resolve the appeal. (How AppealingThird Circuit judges to decide Second Circuit case)

2. Question: I just saw the security guards at my local Wal-Mart chasing some guy around the parking lot. Honestly, I'm not even sure why they are chasing him but count me in! I am carrying a concealed weapon -- can I fire a few shots at the guy's car so that the car will be marked for the police?

Answer: No, sir, your life is not in immediate danger nor are you trying to defend someone else whose life is being threatened. Shooting up the car will get you charged with charged with aggravated assault and shooting into an occupied vehicle. (The Daytona Beach News-Journal, Police: Shopper shoots at fleeing Walmart shoplifting suspect's car)

3. Question: I'm a mine worker. Can my fellow workers and I create an underground mine Harlem Shake video? 

Answer: No, you will likely all end up getting fired for breaching the mining company's "core values of safety, integrity and excellence." (Reuters, Australian miners fired for dancing the Harlem Shake underground)

Posted by Bruce Carton on March 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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