Archive for February, 2009

thumb_policeman_cartoonIn Kettering, Ohio, Genine Compton was charged with child endangerment after she was spotted breast-feeding and speaking on a cellphone while driving. Another driver spotted Compton and the police tracked her down by the license plate.
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160px-kfc_logosvgEmployees of the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Manchester, New Hampshire are no fools. Sure, a hoax caller who said he was from corporate convinced all three of them to discharge the fire extinguishers in the restaurant and then convinced them to strip. However, when they were told to urinate on each other, they suspected something was not quite right. The Colonel, it seems, rarely asks for employees to urinate on each other during business hours. That is when the Hazmat unit was called in.

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090227_deputy_videoKing County deputy Paul Schene, 31, has been charged with fourth-degree assault in connection with a videotaped showing him beating a 15-year-old girl on Nov. 29 incident in a holding cell at SeaTac City Hall. The video below shows a shocking escalation of violence by Schene.

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chelseadistrictA Massachusetts court clerk in the Chelsea District Court is facing federal charges after being arrested for allegedly have sex with an accused prostitute in court after promising her to get a charge dismissed. James “Jim” Burke, 41, has been suspended without pay and charged with one count of attempted deprivation of rights under the color of law and one count of deprivation of rights under the color of law.

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18815606_240x180BOSTON — The MSPCA in Boston is investigating a YouTube video that shows a man at a liquor store jumping up and down on a dog cage until it collapses. Th beagle inside is rescued by another person in the video.
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250px-chihuahua_01_kLawyer Paulette Taylor, 62, has sued her neighbor Theodore Henderson in Central Park New York for half of million dollars for his two yapping Chihuahuas.

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225px-official_portrait_of_barack_obama Saad Hussein, an Ethiopian immigrant in Chicago, has been arrested for allegedly sending Obama and his staff envelopes containing HIV-infected blood. This is the second time that someone has been charged with sending tainted blood in the mail with malicious intent. What is interesting about these crimes is the fact that there is virtually no chance of actual harm.
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250px-csi-lvmainI guess that we are not going to see a “CSI Kansas City” anytime soon. Police and medical examiners have had to change their finding of natural death of Anthony Crockett when the funeral home noted that he had three bullet holes in his head.

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dissolvexCritics are up in arms over the latest innovation from the good people of the tobacco industry: chewable tobacco that looks like candy. Orbs Dissolvable Tobacco is being test marketed in Portland and looks like a box of mints but has more nicotine than a cigarette.

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_45515090_splitLondon prosecutors have charged a couple after a bizarre death. Tony Virasami was caught on CCTV as he punched Kevin Tripp, 57, who died. The assault occurred after Virasami’s girlfiend, Antonette Richardson, called him over to complain that Tripp jumped in front of her in line. What is interesting about the case is that Richardson was convicted of manslaughter in the case – a charge that would never have been sustained in the states.

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viagra_280_741988aPfizer will presumably not be sued for a death in Russia after a twenty-eight year old mechanic Sergey Tuganov guzzled a bottle of Viagra pills to participate in a 12-hour orgy with two women on a bit.

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burrisThis is why I hate sequels. As politicians step forward to call on Illinois Senator Roland Burris (D., IL) to resign, his son Roland Burris II is now under investigation after receiving a state job as a housing-agency lawyer under ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration — only weeks after being hit with a tax lien and foreclosure papers.

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022609_watermelonMayor Dean Grose of Los Alamitos, California has resigned after sending friends an e-mail picture depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons under the title “No Easter egg hunt this year.” Not only is the picture strikingly unfunny and racist, Grose sent it to an African-American businesswoman among his “small group of friends”– a group that is decidedly smaller this week.

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300px-nci_visuals_food_hot_dogAssistant District Attorney William Michael Olson, 36, has resigned from his position as a prosecutor with Clarke County, Georgia after being arrested for a drunken fight with a hot dog vendor. The vendor says that Olson ate a hot dog and then tried to leave without paying for it, leading to a tussle.

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gavel2There is an interesting verdict out of Riverside, California this week. A 56-year-old woman (identified only as Patricia) was awarded $7 million and a BMW sedan for exposure to herpes but a 77-year-old man.
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lil_smallWhile the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been ridiculed for inefficiencies, waste, and absurd restrictions, it has taken a bold effort to close one of the greatest remaining threats to the homeland: muleskinners. Under a new anti-terror law, TSA has determined that mule skinners (who actually do not skin mules but drive them) must have criminal background checks.

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largemouthbasstax1There is an interesting first amendment case in Clearwater, Florida when a local bait and tackle shop is facing a daily fine for hanging a banner showing the first amendment on the side of its business.
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anghaieUniversity of Florida professor Samim Anghaie, 59, and his wife, Sousan Anghaie, 55, have been accused of defrauding NASA and taking roughly $600,000 for personal use. The Iranian-born Anghaise is the Director of the Innovative Nuclear Space Power and Propulsion Institute at the University of Florida while his wife is president of New Era Technology Inc. (NETECH) in Gainesville, Fla.
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anderson-insidesmall-110107California dentist Mark Anderson has surprised many in his trial for 19 felony counts and one misdemeanor for fondling patients. He claims that his massaging of the chests of various female patients was a legitimate part of a medical treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ.
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180px-rembrandt_harmensz_van_rijn_079The Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that a small religious group cannot force a city in Utah to place a granite marker in a local park. The park in Pleasant Grove Utah already contains a Ten Commandments display. Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote the opinion.

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300px-revolving_doorThe new job landed by former New York Supreme Court Judge Herman Cahn has raised from eyebrows. Less than a year ago, Cahn awarded millions in fees to founding partner Melvin Weiss despite his guilty plea in a massive fraud case. The firm, once called Milberg Weiss, wanted to let Weiss keep the fees and it was Cahn who agreed to the payment.
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holderericA week after Fox News’ John Gibson was spoofed with a fake racist remark regarding Attorney General Eric Holder, Holder has been spoofed by a fake Twitter entry on Guantanamo Bay. Holder comes off as quite hip in such messages as “Some scary dudes in this gitmo place. May have to ship em to China lol.”
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genthumb-1ashxWhile women in Georgia may be running over their boyfriends, Lori Smith was arrested for giving her boyfriend Kevin Connelly an unwanted hug. She was charged with one count of domestic battery in another example of officers using no judgment in overcharging noncriminal conduct.

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thumb_praying_handsIn the same week that a father stabbed his son in church for failing to take off his hat, a Georgia woman reportedly ran over her boyfriend because she thought that he wanted to skip church to visit with another woman. Annie Knox of Athens-Clark has been charged with aggravated assault.

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180px-brueghelland_of_cockaignedetailIrma Johnson, a Texas widow, is suing after she was mistakingly informed that the employer of her late husband Daniel Johnson was to receive $1.6 million after his death under a practice known in the industry as a “dead peasant” insurance policy. Under this common practice, employers take out life insurance on employees and write off the payments as a business expense. They then collect a windfall when one of the “peasants” die.

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The Sleeper family of St. Louis are being told that they have to move out of their cave for failure to pay their loan. Curt Sleeper and his wife bought the former sand mine after a downpayment of half of the purchase price and a loan from the seller. They are now posting the cave on Ebay in the ultimate demonstration that the economy has reached every level of housing.
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300px-god2-sistine_chapelBaltimore police are in the process of arresting a 58-year-old man who argued with his son in church about the 19-year-olds refusal to take his hat off. The father then proceeded to stab his son in the left buttock.
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1_61_sanders_320John Sanders, the technology reporter for WBAL-TV (NBC) in Baltimore is no longer employed by the affiliate after admitting that he inserting a racist remark into a video clip of Fox News’ John Gibson. The clip became an Internet hit and was viewed by many people as a spoof. However, some viewers believed that Gibson referred to Attorney General Eric Holder’s “bright blue scrotum.”

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egintonSenior U.S. District Judge Warren W. Eginton (left) has imposed an unprecedented criminal fine against from former Pfizer Vice President Alan Hesketh, 61. Hesketh previously was sentenced to 78 months for possession of roughly 2000 pictures of child pornography. He will now have to pay $200,000 to a woman who was in some of those pictures being abused, even though Hesketh did not take the picture or participate in the photographed abuse.

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1_61_022209_nicks2009_02_21_henryAuthorities have made new surprising disclosures today about Fredrick Goings, 36, the lawyer who is accused of killing New York Knicks player Eddy Curry’s ex-girlfriend and her infant daughter. It turns out that Goings had four past battery convictions on his record but was allowed to continue to practice in Illinois.

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lieuttwoLt. Scott Easterling has entered a novel fight while serving in Iraq: he is suing President Barack Obama. Easterling is calling the President an “impostor” and challenging his right to issue commands while his birth status is in question. It is one of a series of lawsuit challenging the right of the President to serve on the basis of his birth status. It appears that he could be joined by Senator Richard Shelby in the litigation. Shelby has refused to accept Obama citizenship until he sees a birth certificate.

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slideshow5859_1Brookfield, Wisconsin attorney William Rettko has filed a $50,000 calim against the Greenfield Middle School for false imprisonment and battery after giving a girl a “time out.” The lawsuit claims that the teacher allowed other students to commit battery on the girl during the time-out.

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spisak-1The Supreme Court has decided to take up the criminal case of Frank Spisak for a second time. Spisak is a neo-Nazi who was convicted of murdering three men in Ohio and sentenced to death twenty-five years ago. However, the Sixth Circuit threw out the conviction after two sentencing hearings, one demanded by the Supreme Court after reviewing the case in October 2007. The Court has previously reinstated the sentence in disagreeing with the Sixth Circuit, but the appellate court proceeded on remand to again throw out the sentence. The case involved a bizarre argument by the defense counsel that encouraged the jury to consider damaging non-aggravating factors in sentencing, including a rambling and dark description of the “smell of death” surrounding the crimes.

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up-p293m41hlko8mnamA bizarre case in New York has snared the careers of New York State Supreme Court Joseph G. Makowski, 55, and former prosecutor and Buffalo Law School professor Anne E. Adams. Adams pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors: drunken driving, offering a false instrument for filing and attempted tampering with physical evidence. Makowski resigned on the same day that Adams was fired by the law school. Makowski was accused of falsely attesting that Adams was not drunk when she left a bar.

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gavel2U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice today and retired from the bench. In exchange, the prosecution will drop sexual assault charges. He will also avoid impeachment with the plea, though the status of his pension remains unclear.

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chct rege.JPGMassachusetts has joined the movement toward re-segregating our public schools by race or gender or sexual orientation. Superintendent Richard W. Rege Jr. in Chicopee is reportedly in favor of a new proposal to segregate students by gender for math classes. It is part of a trend that threatens the advances that we have made in the last six decades in desegregating our school system. Now, there will be “girl math” and “boy math” classes.

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thumb_policeman_cartoonIf Joshua D. Kay wanted to be in law enforcement, he certainly has gotten his wish. Kay, 30, has been charged in Wisconsin for a second time for impersonating an officer. What makes this charge somewhat unique is that Kay was serving time on the first offense when he was charged for the second time.

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070925abbottSan Diego Catholics are protesting a decision by San Diego Bishop Robert Brom to ask Pastor Richard Perozich to tone it down after he ran a rabid article entitled “100 Days or End of Days?” in the parish bulletin of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Escondido. Fr. Perozich appears to believe that Obama will be unleashing such things as “homogenital sex.”

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125px-flag_of_the_united_arab_emiratessvgThe United Arab Emirates (UAE) is considering legislation that would criminalize publication of anything that would “harm the economy.” Such an offense would be punishable by fines of up to 1 million dirhams (roughly $272,000).
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6a010536038d7b970c011168911b31970c-120wi660px-flag_of_israelsvg1The Nobel Prize winning organization Amnesty International has accused Israel of committing war crimes during its attack on the Gaza Strip. The allegations largely center on the use of white phosphorous that was dropped by IDF aircraft. The group is now calling on President Obama to suspend military shipments and sales to Israel.

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160px-jim_bunning_official_photoSen. Jim Bunning (R., Ky) used the annual Hardin County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner to announce his diagnosis that Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 75, will be dead from pancreatic cancer within nine months. While Bunning only holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Xavier University and had a baseball career with the Detroit Tigers, he felt comfortable with the medical prediction and even more comfortable discussing Ginsburg’s imminent demise at a political dinner.

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1_61_022209_nicks2009_02_21_henryChicago Lawyer, Frederick Goings, 36, has been arrested for murder of 24-year-old Nova Henry and her 9-month-old daughter, Ava. Henry is the former girlfriend New York Knicks player Eddy Curry and mother of his 3-year-old son and daughter, Ava.
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jordan-brown-11-year-old-001Marie Houk, a pregnant mother, was found dead by her four-year-old daughter. The killer appears to be the son of her boyfriend who will reportedly face adult murder charges — despite the fact that Jordon Brown is 11 years old. He reportedly went to school after killing Houk in a farmhouse in western Pennsylvania.

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humorous-097_smallAs this picture indicates, religious activists have made great strides into breaking into inter-species faith-based initiatives.

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660px-flag_of_israelsvg100px-logoisrael10svgvatican flag The Vatican has filed a formal complaint with the Israeli government about a private Israeli TV show that it claims blasphemed Jesus and Mary. On the program, the host challenges the idea that Mary was a virgin and Jesus walked on water as a “lesson” for Christians who deny the Holocaust. The host was upset about the Pope lifting the excommunication of a bishop who denied the holocaust. The Israeli government’s response, however, is worse than both the program and the objection.

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beerA very interesting torts case has settled in Lake Forest, Illinois where George Baldwin, 22, has been given a $2.5 million settlement after he went to a party at the house of Lauralee Pfeifer, who had two high school friends of Baldwin. Baldwin and a friend than drank beer in their girl’s bedroom. He was paralyzed when he and a drunk friend (who was driving) crashed their car. It is a very rare case of a homeowner being successfully sued by someone other than a a third party victim. He is also suing his former friend who drove the car.

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220px-barack_obamaIn the last week, the Obama Administration has supported the Bush Administration in a variety of cases to the great disappointment of many civil libertarians, historians, and academics. This includes an effort to kill litigation that has sought millions of missing emails in the Bush Administration.

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225px-george-w-bushIt has often been remarked that being a member of the Bush Administration would hardly be a resume advantage, particularly in scandalized agencies like the Justice Department. It turns out that many ex-Bush people are finding themselves radioactive in the job market, which is itself smaller than usual in the economic crisis that they helped create. Only 25 to 30 percent of 3,000 political appointees who served President George W. Bush have found work.
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mccJohn Forrester, a prisoner at Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington state succeeded in castrating himself with a shaving razor this week. It was the second attempt by the man and only the latest case of self-mutilation by prisoners.
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ja-palmbeach4250px-d0bcd18bd188d18c_2There appears to be no professional courtesy between counsel and rodents at the Palm Beach County Courthouse. The court is overrun with mice that are falling from the ceilings and running across the floor during trials.
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