I review legal concepts with "Law in a Flash" cards. It's a useful tool, and the questions frequently produce smiles. Allow me to share three of them and, while we're at it, test your own knowledge of the law. I will post the answers tomorrow.
From Criminal Law: "India Hauser, champion swimmer, is lounging on a riverbank, reading John Stuart Mill's autobiography. Ima Gonner, India's sworn enemy, strolls up, in her bathing suit, and goes for a dip in the river. In fact the water is deeper than Ima expected, and she begins to drown. India looks up from her book, and watches, laughing, as Ima drowns. When Ima goes down for the last time, India sighs, and says, 'Oh, well. Back to the Mill.' " Could India be liable for Ima's death?
From Contracts: "Dorothy, owner of the Wizard of Odd-Sizes Shoe Store, and the Wicked Witch are chatting. Dorothy comments, 'I'm planning on selling my ruby slippers for $50.' Wicked Witch says, 'Here's my check. I accept.' " Could a contract result?
From Torts: "George Washington survives a tough winter at Mount Vernon. When he sees Thomas Jefferson in the spring, Jefferson slaps him on the back, and says, 'Hey, G.W.! Congratulations on making it through a tough one! I personally spent Christmas in the Bahamas.' Unbeknownst to Jefferson, Washington hates to be touched by other politicians, whom he considers sleazy. Washington sues Jefferson for battery for the back slap." Who wins?