Legal Lode: Albert Prince in a Can

Legal Lode: Albert Prince in a Can

Salvaging a discarded item from the curb triggers an excessive penalty.

De Minimis Non Curat Lex. Roughly translated from the Latin, it means judges should not bother with trifles. Some small injuries must be accepted as the price of living in society. But there’s a big difference between trivial disputes, which courts may shun, and cases based on government making much ado about nothing.

On a chilly February morning, a New York City sanitation police officer was patrolling in Brooklyn, on the lookout for individuals who were removing items from rec

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