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7th-Dec-2007 10:33 am
Dumb Laws in New York:
The penalty for jumping off a building is death.
I just really really want to work that into an RP plot somehow. It's just a shame dumblaws.com is so unreliable. I mean, it has the bale of hay for taxis law on it. Still, it'd be nice if I could somehow work this into a plot for Mel. Somehow.

That little tidbit was one of the things brought up in John Holmes' piece on The Now Show last night, among other things for which non-US citizens can be 'legally' (US law, not international law) be kidnapped in other countries and taken to the States, regardless of extradition treaties. The show will be broadcast tonight, and I recommend it as highly as i usually do, but I think it has a particularly international flavour this week.

7th-Dec-2007 10:47 am (UTC)
The penalty for jumping off a building is death.

Either an easy or impossible law to enforce, depending on how you look at it!
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7th-Dec-2007 11:44 am (UTC)
Certainly with ones about jumping off buildings.
7th-Dec-2007 01:37 pm (UTC)
Well, if you jump off a short building, you might not die.
7th-Dec-2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
That's a very good point.

But then again, what would be the point of leaping off a short building? That just demonstrates a lack of commitment.
7th-Dec-2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
I would suspect that this law was droppe from the books once and for all when NY stopped having a death penalty back in mid-20th century. AFAIK, the list of capital crimes in this state is very short, mainly involving things like killing a cop or murder during the commission of another crime.

But there is much comic potential to such a prosecution. I can easily see a Python routine built around this.
7th-Dec-2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
Me, I'm thinking of the opening splash of Fray...
7th-Dec-2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
Someone obviously hates base-jumpers.

And how are they defining jumping "off" a building. Would jumping off a small wall or out of a ground floor window count?
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