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# When Alicia Green borrowed a neighbor s car without

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22 Jan 2007, 10:18
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When Alicia Green borrowed a neighbor's car without permission, the police merely gave her a warning. However, when Peter Foster did the same thing, he was charged with automobile theft. Peter came to the attention of the police because the car he was driving was hit by a speeding taxi. Alicia was stopped because the car she was driving had defective taillights. It is true that the car Peter took got damaged and the car Alicia took did not, but since it was the taxi that caused the damage this difference was not due to any difference in the blameworthiness of their behavior. Therefore, Alicia should also have been charged with automobile theft.

If all of the claims offered in support of the conclusion are accurate, each of the following could be true EXCEPT:
(A) The interests of justice would have been better served if the police had released Peter Foster with a warning.
(B) Alicia Green had never before driven a car belonging to someone else without first securing the owner's permission.
(C) Peter Foster was hit by the taxi while he was running a red light, whereas Alicia Green drove with extra care to avoid drawing the attention of the police to the car she had taken.
(D) Alicia Green barely missed hitting a pedestrian when she sped through a red light ten minutes before she was stopped by the police for driving a car that had defective taillights.
(E) Peter Foster had been cited for speeding twice in the preceding month, whereas Alicia Green had never been cited for a traffic violation.

Every choice seems out of the scope to me...How to solve this??
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Updated on: 23 Jan 2007, 01:45
Yes, this CR is different from others I have seen.

IMO, the ans is D. All the others are possibilities that do not affect the fact that she was let off with a warning. If all said in D actually occured, no way she would have gotten off with just a warning.

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When Alicia Green borrowed a neighborâ€™s car without permission, the police merely gave her a warning. However, when Peter Foster did the same thing, he was charged with automobile theft. Peter came to the attention of the police because the car he was driving was hit by a speeding taxi. Alicia was stopped because the car she was driving had defective taillights. It is true that the car Peter took got damaged and the car Alicia took did not, but since it was the taxi that caused the damage this difference was not due to any difference in the blameworthiness of their behavior. Therefore, Alicia should also have been charged with automobile theft.

If all of the claims offered in support of the conclusion are accurate, each of the following could be true EXCEPT:
(A) The interests of justice would have been better served if the police had released Peter Foster with a warning.
(B) Alicia Green had never before driven a car belonging to someone else without first securing the ownerâ€™s permission.
(C) Peter Foster was hit by the taxi while he was running a red light, whereas Alicia Green drove with extra care to avoid drawing the attention of the police to the car she had taken.
(D) Alicia Green barely missed hitting a pedestrian when she sped through a red light ten minutes before she was stopped by the police for driving a car that had defective taillights.
(E) Peter Foster had been cited for speeding twice in the preceding month, whereas Alicia Green had never been cited for a traffic violation.

Every choice seems out of the scope to me...How to solve this??

Originally posted by mbagal1 on 22 Jan 2007, 17:04.
Last edited by mbagal1 on 23 Jan 2007, 01:45, edited 1 time in total.
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22 Jan 2007, 20:35
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When Alicia Green borrowed a neighborâ€™s car without permission, the police merely gave her a warning. However, when Peter Foster did the same thing, he was charged with automobile theft. Peter came to the attention of the police because the car he was driving was hit by a speeding taxi. Alicia was stopped because the car she was driving had defective taillights. It is true that the car Peter took got damaged and the car Alicia took did not, but since it was the taxi that caused the damage this difference was not due to any difference in the blameworthiness of their behavior. Therefore, Alicia should also have been charged with automobile theft.

If all of the claims offered in support of the conclusion are accurate, each of the following could be true EXCEPT:
(A) The interests of justice would have been better served if the police had released Peter Foster with a warning.
(B) Alicia Green had never before driven a car belonging to someone else without first securing the ownerâ€™s permission.
(C) Peter Foster was hit by the taxi while he was running a red light, whereas Alicia Green drove with extra care to avoid drawing the attention of the police to the car she had taken.
(D) Alicia Green barely missed hitting a pedestrian when she sped through a red light ten minutes before she was stopped by the police for driving a car that had defective taillights.
(E) Peter Foster had been cited for speeding twice in the preceding month, whereas Alicia Green had never been cited for a traffic violation.

Every choice seems out of the scope to me...How to solve this??

I think its C.

Because the conclusion of main sentence is "Alicia should also have been charged with automobile theft."

So C is the only sentence which infers that there is no reason to punish alicia.
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22 Jan 2007, 22:21
the argument says that the two were not treated same even thogh they had made the same crime.
in choice E,it explicitly writes the reason for why one was treated different from other.

Choice E looks like the ans.what's the oa??
everybody seems to be giving different answer!
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23 Jan 2007, 05:06
I think A.

If Peter had been released with a warning, whole argument, claims and conclusion to prove that "Alicia should also have been charged with automobile theft" would fail.

Rest of the claims can be made along with conclusion. They do not DISAPPROVES that Alicia should not be charged of thieving. They just tells about Alicia's previous traffic records and her behavior when she was approached by Police. ( such arguments are often presented by lawyers in order to affect quantum of a punishment to be decided by judge)

B --> Alicia is doing this crime first time
C--> Alicia was careful to avoid Police attention.
D--> She tried to run away when Police approached her.
E--> She has no prior bad traffic record.
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23 Jan 2007, 07:25
Nice question. My answer is D too.
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26 Jan 2007, 10:29
The OA is A...thanks vsaxenaGMAT for the nice explanation
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10 Feb 2016, 17:58
Hi chetan2u,

This is a LSAT question and the OA is C. Could you please rectify the below mentioned doubts:
1) What is the question asking us to do? (My thinking is that the question is asking us to pick an answer which cannot be true in the occurred order of events)
2) Can you please explain why C is the correct answer and not E?
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Vyshak wrote:
Hi chetan2u,

This is a LSAT question and the OA is C. Could you please rectify the below mentioned doubts:
1) What is the question asking us to do? (My thinking is that the question is asking us to pick an answer which cannot be true in the occurred order of events)
2) Can you please explain why C is the correct answer and not E?

Hi Vyshak,
firstly It is a tough Q and easy to error if we donot get the crux of the Q..

1) What is the question asking us to do? (My thinking is that the question is asking us to pick an answer which cannot be true in the occurred order of events)
The entire events/statements in PARA are TRUE. We are to find which does not fall into 'could be true'
this means " all choices can be true unless it CONTRADICTS the info provided in the Para

2) Can you please explain why C is the correct answer and not E?[/quote]
If you follow all choices can be true unless it CONTRADICTS the info provided in the Para, you can come to correct choice

what info is correct as per para..
1. the police merely gave Alicia a warning.
2. Peter Foster did the same thing and was charged with automobile theft.
3. Peter came to the attention of the police because the car he was driving was hit by a speeding taxi.
4.Alicia was stopped because the car she was driving had defective taillights.
5.It is true that the car Peter took got damaged and the car Alicia took did not, but since it was the taxi that caused the damage this difference was not due to any difference in the blameworthiness of their behavior.
CONCLUSION:- Therefore, Alicia should also have been charged with automobile theft

(C) Peter Foster was hit by the taxi while he was running a red light, whereas Alicia Green drove with extra care to avoid drawing the attention of the police to the car she had taken.
If this is TRUE, Peter was to be blamed for the accident as he was crossing the red light, BUT this goes against what (5) tells us "since it was the taxi that caused the damage this difference was not due to any difference in the blameworthiness of their behavior. "
so only one can be TRUE : C or point 5.. but we are told 5 is true, so C is wrong

(E) Peter Foster had been cited for speeding twice in the preceding month, whereas Alicia Green had never been cited for a traffic violation.
We cannot fight the authencity of this info, as there is nothing given in the para about it

Hope it helped
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20 Apr 2018, 08:27
I feel that D is the correct choice. Being in law enforcement before, I would have had no known information that she nearly missed a pedestrian while running a red light 10 minutes prior to her being found driving with a defective taillight. However, as to answer C, I would have still noticed the taillight being out, even if she was driving "extra careful" and Peter still would have been the one to speed through a red light and cause the accident with the taxi.
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