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Mixed Questions of Law and Fact: Friday, August 29, 2014

Posted by William MacDonald on August 29, 2014

It’s the end of week two of this semester’s Mixed Questions of Law and Fact. Remember, everyone who submits a response to at least four of this week’s questions gets one ASP Achievement Club point, bringing them that much closer to qualifying for the prize drawing at the end of the semester. You still have time to submit — all entries for this week must be received by Friday, August 29, at midnight, and you can submit for any or all five questions in one e-mail. Send to asp@law.whittier.edu.

Here is this week’s final question:

A valuable Mayan artifact was stolen from Uvula University’s archaeology department. Video surveillance evidence shows that artifact was taken by the last student to leave the building yesterday. That student is not clearly identifiable from the video, but based on the images, campus police are able to narrow the list of suspects down to four people: Aaron, Basil, Clark, and Devon. Upon questioning, the suspects make the following relevant statements:

  • Aaron: I dropped by the archaeology building for just ten minutes, to use the library. I saw Clark in the archaeology lab as I was leaving. Basil: Devon suddenly realized he’d been there for nearly three hours and had to run to class, so I returned his books to the library. I saw Aaron there. Clark: I spent the entire afternoon in my professor’s office. Devon dropped by to say hi. Devon: On my way to speak with Devon just after I arrived, I ran into Aaron by the coffee machine. I might have missed my 3 o’clock class if Basil hadn’t taken my books back to the library.*

Assuming that everything the thief says is a lie, and everything everyone else says is the truth, who stole the Mayan artifact?

  1. Aaron
  2. Basil
  3. Clark
  4. Devon
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