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Can I Use the Carpool Lane If I Have a Prisoner?

The chapter on the law of carpooling that I'm planning to include in my next book is coming along nicely now. It'll be more interesting that it sounds, I think. Some time ago we learned that the argument "but I…


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Nobody Move! This Is a Film Project

"Knowing Joe, it wasn't really a surprise," said one of Joe's friends about the news that Joe had robbed two banks. "I don't think he meant anything by it other than he was just trying to get some good footage." Whether…


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Nude Citizens Make Nude Citizens’ Arrest of Nude Citizen

Seems to me like this would be incredibly awkward, but then I'm not a nudist (except on very special occasions, like Thursdays). Maybe to them it's no big deal. It seems likely, though, that the citizen arrested in this citizens'…



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Who Owns Lee Harvey Oswald’s Coffin?

At the moment nobody knows, but the New York Times reports that a judge in Fort Worth is stuck deciding this question. Oswald was exhumed in 1981 to make sure it was really him in there, and after tests confirmed his identity…



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What Is the Proper Format for a Citation to Buzz Lightyear?

I really have no idea, but this seems perfectly acceptable to me: I suppose you might also be wondering, "In what situation might I feel compelled to cite an animated action figure as an authority in one of my briefs?"…


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Legally Dead Man Sentenced to Be Actually Dead

After I reported on the case of Donald Miller, the Ohio man who failed to convince a judge he should not be considered legally dead ("'No, You're Still Deceased,' Judge Tells Dead Man" (Oct. 10, 2013)), several people wrote in to…


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Feds Say Legally Dead Is Slightly Alive

Miracle Max: He probably owes you money, huh? I'll ask him. Inigo Montoya: He's dead. He can't talk.  Max: Whoo-hoo-hoo, look who knows so much. It just so happens that your friend here is only MOSTLY dead. There's a big difference between mostly…


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Fight Continues Over Right to Monkey Selfie


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As some of you may recall (although it's been three years, which doesn't seem possible), in 2011 we discussed an intellectual-property dispute involving pictures taken by a monkey. See "Legal Questions Raised by Success of Monkey Photographer (July 7, 2011); "In Defense of…