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  •  "Not a crime, an accident" ??? (1+ / 0-)
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    Uh, not really ...

    "Finders Keepers" is a schoolyard taunt, not a legal principle.   It is, in fact, illegal to keep the property of others regardless of the circumstances of getting possession of it.  

    If I decide the stuff in the other guy's black suitcase is more valuable to me than the stuff in mine, and I don't do something about trying to return it -- I've committed theft.

    What Mark Plants is recognizing is just how difficult it would be for the guy who lost his luggage to find me and prove I ever had it.  So  as far as DA Plants is concerned, "it's not a crime if there's a good chance you won't get caught."

    That's not law.  That's not ethics.  That's not morals.  But it probably IS why Mark Plants  is Kanawha County Prosecutor.

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