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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Suspect Lies About Kidnapping to Get out of Date

A Kentucky 18-year old, who had met someone on the internet, called to explain why she did not appear at the airport as expected: she had been kidnapped, raped, stabbed, and left at the side of the road.  Police mayhem ensued.  What crime, I wonder?  She did not fib directly to the police.  Yet, in Model Penal Code terms, it was substantially certain that such a call would be reported to the police, so perhaps it was a "knowing" false report. [Jack Chin]

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