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The Manti Te'o Hoax... if it went to court

One of the most covered stories of the past few days has been that of Manti Te'o and the hoax surrounding the girl he claimed to be his late girlfriend, Lennay Kekua.  While this story has stunned us all, We will let others cover the more sensational aspects of this story and put our focus upon any legal issues involved.  
While most media outlets have taken to calling this situation a hoax, there have been a few that have used the term prank in their coverage.  In common practice, both terms imply a false representation being made with the intention to deceive someone, generally to hilarious ends.