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Hey, I’m a corporation too!


When Jonathan Frieman of San Rafael, Calif., was pulled over for driving alone in the carpool lane, he argued to the officer that, actually, he did have a passenger.

He waved his corporation papers at the officer, he told, saying that corporations are people under California law.

7 Responses to “Hey, I’m a corporation too!”

  1. adam Says:

    Hah, that’s quite funny and rather smart.

  2. HerrBGone Says:

    Heh, I could do that too. Not that it would get me very far…

  3. JLE Says:

    I was visiting San Diego over the holidays and had the exact same thought enter my mind. Depending on how it works out for this guy, I don’t know if it is ‘great minds think alike’ or ‘misery loves company’


  4. Seerak Says:

    If “corporate power” were really the boogeyman he thinks it is, it would simply induce the officer not to show up.

  5. Jeff from DC Says:

    Enjoy the ticket. This is like arguing that a speed camera violates your sixth amendment rights by voiding the confrontation clause. It does, but when you say that to an adjudicator in traffic court they just shrug their shoulders and find you guilty. Revenue trumps truth, apparently.

  6. Trev Says:

    He is a grandstanding moron. I’d be more upset about some jerk getting away with being in carpool lanes for 10 years without getting a ticket.

    Also, traffic court isn’t the sort of place you set any legal precedent. It’s a minor court and usually it’s in an office cubicle with a pro-tem judge who is really a glorified clerk. I don’t think you can even appeal a traffic ruling. It’s lower than small-claims court.

  7. Sigivald Says:

    Turns out that “legal person for purposes of being sued” is not the same as “passenger”.