Court says riding lawmower not a motor vehicle

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Posted: Nov 23, 2009 8:39 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Nov 23, 2009 8:41 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: riding lawn mower, auto theft, Franklin Lloyd, Georgia

The Supreme Court of Georgia ruled a riding lawnmower is not a motor vehicle even if you steal it and struck down the conviction of a man who was charged with auto theft for stealing one. Franklin Lloyd took the mower from Home Depot and because he was a repeat offender, got 10 years in prison. His lawyer argued Harris should have been charged with theft. Four high court justices agree a riding lawnmower has a powerful engine and can drive on the streets but it is not a motor vehicle. Three justices didn't agree saying Georgia law is broad enough to include the mower as a vehicle.

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