The world’s only jurisprudence joke

A legal positivist, a purposivist, and a realist all work for the highway patrol.

A motorist is driving down a road.  The legal positivist pulls him over and begins writing out a ticket.

“Why on earth am I getting this ticket?” asks the driver.

“You were going 51 km/h in a 50 zone,” explained the positivist.  “The law is very clear and was enacted validly.  I have to give you a ticket.”

The driver rants and raves at the positivist.

“This is ridiculous, bloody revenue gatherers!” he says.  But he ultimately takes the ticket and carries on driving down the road, a little slower than before.

The driver doesn’t get far before the purposivist pulls him over and begins writing a ticket.

“Why on earth am I getting this ticket?” asks the driver.

“You were going 40 km/h in a 50 zone,” explained the purposivist.  “The law is designed to prevent unsafe speeds and you were going so slow that you were unsafe.  I have to give you a ticket.”

The driver gets even angrier at the purposivist.

“I can’t believe you people.  First I drive to fast, now I drive too slow!”  But he ultimately takes the ticket and carries on driving down the road, this time being certain to stick to exactly 50km/h.

The driver doesn’t get far before he is pulled over by the legal realist, who begins writing him a ticket.

“Hey!” said the driver.  “I wasn’t driving too fast, I wasn’t driving too slow.  What on earth are you giving me this ticket for?”

“Well,” said the legal realist.  “You were awfully rude to my colleagues.”

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