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Mixed Questions of Law and Fact: Monday, March 31, 2014

Posted by William MacDonald on March 31, 2014

It’s the start of a new week, which means five more new “Mixed Questions of Law and Fact” between now and Friday. Send in your responses to at least four of them via e-mail to before Saturday, April 5, at midnight, and you will be eligible for our prize drawing — this week, a $15 Starbucks Card. Remember — you must write out your answer, not simply list a number.

Congratulations to the winner of last week’s contest, Peter Schmeid, whose name was selected at random from all eligible entries received. For the answers to last week’s questions, click on the “Continue Reading . . .” link.

Our first question of the new week:

Ten years after the release of the landmark Supreme Court decision that bears his name, Ernesto Miranda:

  1. Confessed to the original crime
  2. Died in a bar fight
  3. Became an Arizona state police officer
  4. Published his autobiography, I Have the Right to Remain Silent

The correct answers to last week’s questions were:

Monday: General jurisdiction. The Supreme Court has only limited jurisdiction.
Tuesday: Sharp. “Trenchant” can also mean “keen” or “penetrating”.
Wednesday: Jay. Kay’s age plus Bea’s age equals Elle’s age, so Elle must be older than both of them. Dee is older than Elle, since she remembers Elle’s first birthday, and Jay is older than Dee, since he remembers hers. That means Jay is the oldest, and since one child is 17, and no children can be older because 18 is the legal voting age in the United States, Jay must be 17.
Thursday: Louis Brandeis. Brandeis was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1916. Cardozo was appointed in 1932, Frankfurter in 1939, and Ginsburg in 1993.
Friday: The comma after “Alexander”. Commas can set off nouns or phrases used to specify or identify — as in “Napoleon, the general,” — but they should not be used to set off titles or honorifics like “Alexander the Great”.

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