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Legal question about a car

Dear Reader,

A case in America has attracted my attention, it revolves around a car which was stolen and then recovered by the authorities. It has been claimed that a FBI officer went for a joy ride in a sports car with a federal prosecutor, the FBI officer then crashed the car.

A judge (Avern Cohn) in America has ruled that the government can not be sued for the loss of the car. I hold the view that the judge was wrong. The FBI staff member driving the car did not take the reasonable care which I think a “reasonable man” would take with the property of another person.

If the car had been stored in a warehouse (taking all reasonable care) which then caught fire and thus destroyed the car then I would be more sympathetic towards the FBI, but as the reasonable man would not take a sports car (without permission of the keeper) and then go for a high speed spin in the car then I think that the FBI should pay for all the damages associated with the loss of the car.

I would like to invite any lawyers reading this blog to give their thoughts on this case.

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  1. Do you mind if I quote a small number of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources returning to your weblog: https://markforeman.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/legal-question-about-a-car. I’m going to aslo make certain to give you the appropriate anchor text link using your webpage title: Legal question about a car Mark Foreman's Blog. Please be sure to let me know if this is acceptable with you. Many thanks

    • It is OK for you to link to or quote from my articles as long as you provide credit and a link returning to my blog.

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