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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Hidden Passageways and 1L Criminal Law

You may remember wrestling in first-year criminal law with mens rea requirements that apply to the provision of goods or services that facilitate criminal behavior.  See, e.g., People v. Lauria, 251 Cal.App.2d 471 (1967).  Here is a fun way to set the stage for a discussion:

First, check out the Hidden Passageways web site.  They sell all kinds of Batman-inspired sliding bookcases, hidden rooms, rotating fireplaces, etc.  If nothing else, you should go to this site for the spooky music.  Features range in price from about $1,500 to $10,000.

Then, check out these photos from a raided marijuana farm in Tennessee where large amounts of pot could be accessed through a clandestine hydraulic door.  Secret passageways, it appears, are helpful not only to Batman (and Jodie Foster's character in Panic Room) but also to those who make illegal drugs.  No surprise there.  Now, if I could just find a portrait painting where I can peer through the subject's eyeballs, I'd have a great illustration of the invasion of privacy tort!

(For pointers, thanks to BoingBoing and CrimProf Blog.)

Posted by Adam Kolber on March 8, 2006 at 11:28 AM in Criminal Law | Permalink


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What can a portrait painting do in this case? Is it to determine whether or not the photos are original or fake? As long as it’s illegal I suppose the cops have the right to INVADE especially if it’s for the sake of everybody’s safety.

I just wished that you can have an up close photo of the marijuana. That way we can have a way of knowing if it’s an edited one or not.

Posted by: Portrait Painting | Sep 24, 2006 10:00:24 PM

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