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Georgia Supreme Court Examines Riding Lawn Mower Case

It's got four wheels and a powerful engine. It can hit speeds of up to 40 mph.

But is a riding lawn mower technically a motor vehicle?

That argument is at the center of an unusual appeal before the Georgia Supreme Court Monday seeking to cut short the prison term of a man sentenced to 10 years after he was convicted of felony motor vehicle theft for swiping a riding mower.

The court's decision could help clarify what lawyers say is a murky definition for "motor vehicles" that may or may not extend to golf carts, industrial equipment and even racecars.

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