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(Some Guy)   Georgia Supreme Court reverses theft conviction, rules a riding lawn mower isn't a "motor vehicle"   ( rn-t.com) divider line
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2009-11-25 11:04:58 AM  
This judgment seems awfully bunk,
And sounds pretty destined to flunk.
The loopholes are many,
And soon I'm sure plenty
Of folks'll start riding 'em drunk.
 
2009-11-25 11:24:19 AM  
So we can operate it while intoxicated now?
 
2009-11-25 11:36:11 AM  

hazeleyedwolff: So we can operate it while intoxicated now?


If I'd been convicted of that in Georgia, I'd sure be gearing up for an appeal.
 
2009-11-25 11:36:31 AM  

hazeleyedwolff: So we can operate it while intoxicated now?


That was exactly my thought.
 
2009-11-25 12:21:58 PM  

hazeleyedwolff: So we can operate it while intoxicated now?


I sure hate to bag on the noobies,
But put down the booze and the doobies.
I'm not one to boast,
But up from your post?
I said as much right in the Boobies.
 
2009-11-25 01:20:54 PM  

Sybarite: hazeleyedwolff: So we can operate it while intoxicated now?

If I'd been convicted of that in Georgia, I'd sure be gearing up for an appeal.


You would have two things happen. You would be charged for unlicensed vehicle in addition to your DUI.

I don't know about georgia but you can get a DUI on a bicycle in some places so the DUI would probably stand because of the way the laws are written.
 
Pud
2009-11-25 01:21:29 PM  
rightproadvisors.com

That's why I only drive this babemobile on a hot night on the town.

/Oh, listen a banjo ....right back there in the woods!!
 
2009-11-25 01:22:05 PM  
I dunno about that.

www.ridingmower.com
 
2009-11-25 01:22:37 PM  
Do lawn mowers (such as the one taken) have to be registered with the state in GA?

/it has a motor
//it is a vehicle
\\\in this case a duck isn't a duck
 
2009-11-25 01:22:46 PM  
10 years for auto theft? Holycrappola!!
 
2009-11-25 01:22:48 PM  
So a vehicle with a motor is not a motor vehicle? Got it. Makes perfect sense.
 
2009-11-25 01:22:54 PM  
How is that theft by taking?
 
2009-11-25 01:26:25 PM  

Daroc: So a vehicle with a motor is not a motor vehicle? Got it. Makes perfect sense.


It's probably over 50CC too.
 
2009-11-25 01:27:20 PM  
APPROVES
http://tinyurl.com/yf6u87p
(copy and paste)
 
2009-11-25 01:27:42 PM  
Oh Deere, 10 years seems steep.
 
2009-11-25 01:28:00 PM  
Ah ha! I've been saying this for years...mainly for DUI cases, but I've been saying it. A lawn mower is NOT a friggin' motor vehicle. You can't register it, it's not street legal, etc.
 
2009-11-25 01:28:40 PM  

asleep71: /it has a motor
//it is a vehicle


A chick pea is neither a chick nor a pea. Discuss.
 
2009-11-25 01:28:49 PM  
I'm sure the intent of the law was to protect street legal vehicles. Lawn mowers, while they do have motors, their main purpose is not to be street driven.

/IANAL
JC
 
2009-11-25 01:31:46 PM  

Pud: That's why I only drive this babemobile on a hot night on the town.

/Oh, listen a banjo ....right back there in the woods!!


Depending on your state... you may still not be safe (new window)
 
2009-11-25 01:32:17 PM  
"Is it against the law to mow the lawn!?!"
 
2009-11-25 01:33:34 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

Disagrees.
 
2009-11-25 01:34:22 PM  
I'll leave this here:

Link (new window)
 
2009-11-25 01:34:39 PM  
Theft...by taking?

ronsworld.files.wordpress.com
 
2009-11-25 01:34:42 PM  
I can see grand theft, but not motor vehicle theft.
 
2009-11-25 01:34:56 PM  
GoodyearPimp:
asleep71: /it has a motor
//it is a vehicle

A chick pea is neither a chick nor a pea. Discuss.


Ringworm is neither a ring nor a worm. It is a fungus.
A fishstick is neither a fish nor a stick. It is a fungus.

- Matt Groening (Life in Hell)
 
2009-11-25 01:36:10 PM  
www.cmt.com
Approves.

/hot like white lightnin'
//damn Imageshack
 
2009-11-25 01:39:17 PM  
George Jones approves.
 
2009-11-25 01:39:44 PM  
In a dissent, Justice Harold Melton stated, "the legislature has specifically defined the term 'motor vehicle' broadly enough to encompass a riding lawn mower."

He then stated, "Since the courts have been about defining rules and clarifying said rules since the late 1700s, I'm just going to go ahead and leave my common sense at the metal detector on the way in. Derp."
 
2009-11-25 01:40:27 PM  

GrizzlyAdamsRox: Approves.

/hot like white lightnin'
//damn Imageshack


///damn cmt.com *shakes internet fist*
 
2009-11-25 01:41:29 PM  

hazeleyedwolff: So we can operate it while intoxicated now?


Only at the monster truck show...
 
2009-11-25 01:43:05 PM  
What is wrong with these stupid criminals? Just find an old man with Alzheimer's, lie and steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from him, make him lose his home and hope you don't get caught. The worse you'll get is 30 days in jail.
 
2009-11-25 01:43:31 PM  
I want to see how the SCOTGA tries to WARGARBL this into saying it IS a motor vehicle for the sake of DUI but isn't a motor vehicle for the sake of GTA.
 
2009-11-25 01:47:17 PM  

Oldiron_79: I want to see how the SCOTGA tries to WARGARBL this into saying it IS a motor vehicle for the sake of DUI but isn't a motor vehicle for the sake of GTA.


Beat me to it.
 
2009-11-25 01:54:00 PM  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auy9L49UijE&feature=player_embedded

Ahh, brings back memories
 
2009-11-25 02:11:58 PM  
Came for the George Jones

/am satisfied.
 
2009-11-25 02:18:08 PM  
GoodyearPimp
asleep71: /it has a motor
//it is a vehicle

A chick pea is neither a chick nor a pea. Discuss.


Kinda like an 8' 2x4 stud. It isn't 8'. It isn't 2" and it isn't 4".
 
2009-11-25 02:25:32 PM  
Harris was charged with two felonies: motor vehicle theft and theft by taking, because the mower was valued at more than $500

Ok...sooo...let me get this straight....he was charged with theft by taking. How exactly do you steal something without taking it?

Could they charge him with theft by thinking?
 
2009-11-25 02:29:21 PM  

jduke: Ok...sooo...let me get this straight....he was charged with theft by taking. How exactly do you steal something without taking it?


Well, there's theft by fraud, when you steal money with a fake card, or sell someone a fake Rolex..

And then there's armmed robbery, which is theft by gun, or theft by violence.

And I think they have theft by computer or electronic mail.. I can't remember.
 
2009-11-25 02:59:22 PM  
Amazing how the threshold for felony theft is still only $500. Crazy. Reminds me of signs stating $100 fine or 30 days in jail--- as if they are comparable in value.
 
2009-11-25 03:00:21 PM  
ga362: Kinda like an 8' 2x4 stud. It isn't 8'. It isn't 2" and it isn't 4".

But is it a stud?
 
2009-11-25 03:38:25 PM  

Oldiron_79: I want to see how the SCOTGA tries to WARGARBL this into saying it IS a motor vehicle for the sake of DUI but isn't a motor vehicle for the sake of GTA.


SCOTUS has already ruled that there is a DUI exception in the constitution. All your rights are out the window. Thanks activist judges.
 
2009-11-25 04:00:10 PM  
What is Fark coming to? 41 entries and not a single screen capture of Danny fleeing the Vegas mob on a riding lawnmower in The Partridge Family? For shame. For shame!!
 
2009-11-25 04:05:52 PM  
your homeowners policy considers it a "motorized land conveyance."
 
2009-11-25 04:46:21 PM  
Sometimes, I'm very proud to be from Georgia. Sometimes, I'm ashamed. In this case, I can't decide.
 
Pud
2009-11-25 05:42:56 PM  

KingKauff: Sometimes, I'm very proud to be from Georgia. Sometimes, I'm ashamed. In this case, I can't decide.


Sometimes it is best to just go with MEH, and laugh at it all ...
 
2009-11-25 06:08:45 PM  
I'm about to get in the car and drive to GA for turkey time, so I'm kind of getting a kick
 
2009-11-25 06:12:41 PM  

jduke: How exactly do you steal something without taking it?


Theft by deception.
Computer fraud
Identity theft
 
2009-11-25 08:36:44 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: Theft by deception.
Computer fraud
Identity theft


*BZZZT* Wrong, but thanks for playing. Here are your lovely parting gifts:

1. Which usually results in physical goods being taken.

2. Which usually results in money being taken

3. Which always results in money being taken.

Definition of Theft, ala wikipedia:
The actus reus of theft is usually defined as an unauthorised taking, keeping or using of another's property which must be accompanied by a mens rea of dishonesty and/or the intent to permanently deprive the owner or the person with rightful possession of that property or its use.
 
2009-11-25 09:53:52 PM  

MaxxLarge: This judgment seems awfully bunk,
And sounds pretty destined to flunk.
The loopholes are many,
And soon I'm sure plenty
Of folks'll start riding 'em drunk.


When you need a beer, think john Deere
 
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