Decisions: Of Pools & Pot & Other Things

With society constantly changing, court decisions must deal with questions involving a broadening range of activities—from swimming in pools to smoking pot. Some recent examples:

Is a man liable for any accident that happens in his swimming pool? In some jurisdictions, the owner must pay damages if his pool is unfenced and a passing child is injured while swimming. But in Baltimore, a recent Court of Appeals decision suggests that an owner's liability does not extend to every circumstance. While visiting a friend, Eugene Telak, 35, decided to take a dip. Though an...

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