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You Guess the Verdict - Melons...

noell.sweet

You Guess the Verdict - Melons...
« on: August 18, 2004, 08:29:49 AM »
A couple of years ago, a deputy sheriff in Oklahoma caught two men in a watermelon patch one night, apparently pilfering melons. There was no law against stealing melons, however.  Nevertheless, the men were arrested, tried, and convicted.  But on what charges?

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dgatl

Re: You Guess the Verdict - Melons...
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2004, 08:31:48 AM »
A couple of years ago, a deputy sheriff in Oklahoma caught two men in a watermelon patch one night, apparently pilfering melons. There was no law against stealing melons, however.  Nevertheless, the men were arrested, tried, and convicted.  But on what charges?

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I lived in Oklahoma for a long time.  While I have no clue to your question, I would like to advise everyone to never go there.  Its awful.

Re: You Guess the Verdict - Melons...
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2004, 08:34:46 AM »
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jgruber

Re: You Guess the Verdict - Melons...
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2004, 08:52:15 AM »
Is this a trick question?  If you take something that doesn't belong to you without permission it is theft.

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Re: You Guess the Verdict - Melons...
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2004, 08:53:49 AM »
Tresspassing

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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2004, 08:56:27 AM »

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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2004, 09:05:38 AM »
But he explicitly says that theft wasn't the charge. right?

jgruber

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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2004, 09:08:56 AM »
He said there is no law against stealing melons.  That is not quite the same thing.

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Re: You Guess the Verdict - Melons...
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2004, 10:40:56 AM »
For Unlawful Melon Knowledge?

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noell.sweet

Re: You Guess the Verdict - Melons...
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2004, 05:27:12 PM »
ANSWER:

They were found guilty of breaking a law written in 1890 that was seldom used, but was still valid in the late 20th century.  The law forbids "injury to a melon in the nighttime."