Wednesday, April 29, 2009

QUESTION OF THE DAY

If you were impaneled in a jury in the case of Nottingham vs. Hood, would you find Robin Hood guilty of any crimes?

4 comments:

steve said...

I think you'd probably have to find him guilty of several counts of larceny. He's not guilty of treason; he was arguably acting to benefit the rightful king.

It'd be the judge's job to suspend the sentence and the rightful sovereign's privilege to pardon him. I don't believe in jury nullification.

barefootkangaroo said...

In the movies I saw and the books I've read he would also be guilty of murder, burglary, impersonating a law enforcement officer, 1st degree aggravated assault, theft from a person, simple assault, petty larceny, grand larceny, disorderly conduct, unlawful mischief, poaching and attempted regicide. I have decided that he isn't any kind of role model for my children. I say "hang 'em!"

steve said...

I clearly haven't read as much about him as you have. I was thinking in terms of British common law. The murders were arguably self-defense, and regicide requires a rightful king.

Tate said...

Forget the other stuff. I'd get him on charges of having worn kelly green tights and the feather in his cap, displayed at that saucy, impertinent angle.