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Posted: 08 March 2012 02:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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"Carrying away the property of another, man. “

It’s somewhat formal but not at all obscure.

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Posted: 08 March 2012 04:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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I also suggested there could be a sort of Coles Notes version or even an annotated version so simple people can get a handle on what is going on before having to have it professionally explained to them at considerable cost

The problem with doing that with the law is the question of what is the status of the annotations? Are they part of the law? What happens if there is a discrepancy between the jargon and the plain English versions? You would be created two different, possibly incompatible, versions of the law. Lawyers might love it because it would be a full-employment program for them, but otherwise I see this as a train wreck waiting to happen.

I’ve seen plenty of academic squabbles over footnotes and annotations of literary works, too. The difference is that multi-million dollar lawsuits and years in prison don’t ride on them.

[ Edited: 08 March 2012 05:01 AM by Dave Wilton ]
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