THIS WEEK'S QUESTION
If you were going to commit a crime, which one would it be and how would you justify it to the public (if you get caught)?
Bonus question: Capybaras—yay or nay?
DEAN KNIGHT, LAW
"C'mon! You can't ask a legal academic that question. We believe in the Rule of Law! Well, perhaps. Maybe. Or maybe only one or two of the different conceptions of the Rule of Law…
Anyways, the whole point about being a smarty-pants lawyer is we know what's illegal and what's not. And we know how to argue about the grey areas in order to avoid being convicted. No need to justify anything if you don't commit the crime.
- Parking in a loading zone (Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004, r 6.4)—not a crime after 6pm, unless the sign says "At All Times".
- Urinating in a public place (Summary Offences Act 1981, s 32)—not a crime if you reasonably believe no-one can see you.
- Drinking booze in a liquor ban zone (Local Government Act 2002, s 147)—the Police first have to analyse and prove the liquor is more than 1.15% strong.
- Stealing a baby's identity to get a false passport (Tough on Crime Act 2010, s23)—you're immune if you're a member of the Sensible Sentencing Trust.
- Breaching any law of the land in the name of the earthquake recovery effort (Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010, s 6)—not if you have a note excusing you written by Lord Gerry VIII…
And Capybaras? Meh. I have no opinion. I have no beef with big rodents that swim in water. But, really, is that the last word from the Island of Academic Idol? Capybaras? Sigh."
So that's it. If you reckon I have done enough to Outwit, Outplay and Outlast (or Outspam?) – or just want to support the law guy – then you can text "Dean" to 027 CUSTARD (+64-27-287-8273) or firstname.lastname@example.org; by 5pm Thu (NZT). Apparently you don't need to be at Vic to vote.
7 October 2010
ACADEMIC IDOL UPDATE: Grand Final week
It's the Grand Final this week – in fact the final day of voting today. I managed to squeak into the Final Two. Me against a guy from Psych.