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