Legislation Interpretation For Defense

Question

The South Caledonia Rail System has the following official rule on its books:

“Live animals of greater than six pounds in weight shall be allowed on train cars if the master of the animal purchases a full-fare ticket.  Live animals that weigh 6 pounds or less may be carried on a train car in a bag or basket if the master of the animal purchases a half-fare ticket for each animal.”

Mr. Lance LaLumiere, who had purchased a full-fare ticket for himself, was discovered by the train conductor to be carrying seven live oysters in a basket. Together and separately the oysters weighed less than six pounds. LaLumiere intended to eat these for his lunch on the train. He had not purchased a ticket for any of the oysters and he was fined $500 for transporting live animals under 6 pounds in weight without purchasing a ticket. He is appealing the fine in court. You are helping Mr. LaLumier’s lawyer. He will argue that Mr. LaLumier did not break the rule. Please select the one best argument for this defense and analyze it.  In writing your essay, use the techniques described in the class handout called, “Handout on Legal Reasoning and Writing.”


Summary

The question belongs to Law and it discusses about a scenario where a person carrying live oysters is fined for carrying live animals because of a rule by the rail company on carrying live animals and is fined $500. An interpretation of the law is required for the defense of the person. This has been discussed well in the solution.

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