I don’t want to hijack this thread, so I thought I’d ask this question here.
Even people who aren’t local to the Washington DC area may have a passing familiarity with the regular flooding that Old Town Alexandria, VA endures. When Hurricane Isabel rolled through recently, the tired old shot looking down King St. at a flooded Torpedo Factory was shown all over the world.
Maryland owns the Potomac River “from shore to shore.” In other words, where the river starts on the Virginia side, so begins Maryland. I think the same rule applies to the border between Virginia and Washington, DC.
But the river is anything but static. It has tides, and it is subject to flooding, especially of late.
So, if the border begins at the “shore,” then any “islands” in the river created by flooding become part of Maryland (or possibly Washington, DC), right? Here’s a picture of the Four Mile Run area of Arlington/Alexandria. In the center of the photo you can clearly see a horseshoe shaped road underwater, which creates an “island” of row houses.
First question: Was that “island” part of Maryland (or DC) at the time the photograph was taken?
Okay, assuming the answer to the first question is “yes,” now say that as a Virginia resident I regularly record all of my telephone conversations without the consent of the second party. During the flood, my home becomes an “island” in the Potomac. I also record a phone conversation without the second party’s consent, which is a crime in Maryland. (And pretend I’m not Linda Tripp and for whatever reason Maryland actually wants to prosecute me.)
Second question: Can Maryland bust me?
If this hypothetical somehow doesn’t match the circumstances, help me out with a situation which does fit them, eh?