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    Poll: I would be totally for it but for the fact that...

    I would be totally for it but for the fact that no justice system is anywhere near perfect and the chances of executing an innocent person are just way too high.

    I don't really go for the whole...
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    Poll: Naturally, I agree that the driver doesn't...

    Naturally, I agree that the driver doesn't deserve to be punished.

    The thing with tort law is that the main focus is on compensating the victim, unless he or she is the author of his/her own...
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    Poll: I'm not so sure. If it had been a 7 or 8 year...

    I'm not so sure. If it had been a 7 or 8 year old I could see it, but I surely think that a 12 year old ought to have known better. Bear in mind that this is a civil, not criminal case so finding...
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    Poll: There are a few interesting tort cases involving...

    There are a few interesting tort cases involving minors I've been studying.

    The cut off point for civil liability seems to be about 7 years old. Cases are very rare because nobody ever sues kids...
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    Poll: Good post, but this is slightly inaccurate. In...

    Good post, but this is slightly inaccurate. In Canada you are eligible for parole after serving one third of your sentence and are mandatorily released after serving two thirds of it. Getting a...
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    Poll: Which countries exactly are doing olympic...

    Which countries exactly are doing olympic gymnastics to make America happy? Now that the US military is hopelessly bogged down in Iraq they know that the Americans won't be invading their countries...
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    Poll: Turning mosques into McDonalds? This is going to...

    Turning mosques into McDonalds? This is going to be America's contribution to the "Cultural war"?



    Our clothes are better than theirs? What are you, 10,11 years old?



    Maybe, but...
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    Poll: I find the Bush administration's continued use of...

    I find the Bush administration's continued use of catch phrases like "stay the course" to be much the same, made even worse when you consider the status of the person making it.




    ER...so when...
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    I'm not sure about the specifics, I believe that...

    I'm not sure about the specifics, I believe that the murder conviction happened because the case was over 70 years ago, probably today it would be manslaughter.
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    There isn't any question that he commited...

    There isn't any question that he commited assault, he is obviously guilty on that count. The fact that he lacked mens rea for murder is easy to prove though, there is no way he could have foreseen...
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    Actually, murder. But you are right, usually he...

    Actually, murder. But you are right, usually he would be convicted of manslaughter, because A) he lacked the intent (mens rea) to commit murder and B) the death had resulted as the result of a...
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    Actually you might have been correct either way,...

    Actually you might have been correct either way, the law is different in Canada and the US (I'm going on Canadian law here).

    Here is another interesting case, this is a real one from the 1930s in...
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    Its an interesting problem. The father would...

    Its an interesting problem.

    The father would probably be guilty of negligence causing death rather than manslaughter as he was not commiting a crime when he killed his son, he just dropped the...
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    Actually, nothing is the correct answer. Unless...

    Actually, nothing is the correct answer. Unless the act was commited in a jurisdiction with a 'good samaritan' law there isn't any obligation to rescue a stranger even in cases where you can do so...
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    Bingo, first try. Have the guy arrested for 24...

    Bingo, first try. Have the guy arrested for 24 counts of arson.

    How about this one:

    Ted Jones, 25 years old, is walking along the beach. He hears a cry for help coming from the water and...
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    Criminal Legal puzzlers

    Criminal law is a pretty fascinating field as I am quickly learning. See what you can make of this scenario:

    Joe Smith buys a box of top quality expensive cigars worth 10,000 dollars US. In...
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    Oops...that was a typo but its fixed now!

    Oops...that was a typo but its fixed now!
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    One interesting note is that I didn't find this...

    One interesting note is that I didn't find this in a linguistics text, it was actually in a legal textbook.

    The main issue is that the human mind tends to "fill in the blanks" automatically when...
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    Try Reading This!!!

    I thought this was pretty interesting, says a lot about the human mind. Give it a try:

    "I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the...
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    Sticky: Out of curiousity, what is the difference between...

    Out of curiousity, what is the difference between the dark green and bright green boxes? It seems everybody has a few of each.
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    Poll: Iraq was a catastrophe before the war, but what...

    Iraq was a catastrophe before the war, but what is clear is that all the invasion has served to do is make a bad situation worse.



    Er...how? There were inspectors in the country until 1998...
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    I'm not too keen on the blonde bond idea, but...

    I'm not too keen on the blonde bond idea, but I'll withhold judgment until I see the movie.

    The original Casino Royale has got to be the worst movie ever made. I'm a huge Peter Sellers fan, but...
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    Thank you, Mikecash, that is exactly the article...

    Thank you, Mikecash, that is exactly the article I was trying to link, they seem to have moved it.
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    Sorry about that. Can't seem to be able to make...

    Sorry about that. Can't seem to be able to make it work....Oh well it was an interesting read anyway.
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    Tasteless dictator's palace

    There was a discussion earlier about how tasteless a lot of modern Japanese architecture is. I got a real laugh about this article on the tastelessness of modern dictator's palaces. My favorite...
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