The House floor was the scene of some heated exchanges after Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) took the floor to address the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
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Archive for July, 2010
The House floor was the scene of some heated exchanges after Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) took the floor to address the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
Shifting the Burden: Man Who Was Found Bouncing Naked and Masturbating on Trampoline Given No Jail TimePublished 1, July 31, 2010 Bizarre , Criminal law , International 17 Comments
For our criminal defense attorneys, most of us would like to secure a deal like the one given to James Burden, 55, in Falkirk, England. Burden was found bouncing naked on a woman’s trampoline while masturbating. He then got down and walked naked toward the terrified woman. Giving him only probation, the Court warned Burden that the “[b]reach the probation in any way and you may be removed from the community.” It appears that bouncing naked on trampolines while masturbating is not enough to remove you from the community.
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) is going for the nuclear option on his defense: publicly accusing his colleagues of the very same conduct that is the basis for his own ethics charges. He is basically grabbing on to other members like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and saying “If I go over, you are going with me.”
We have previously followed alienation of affection lawsuit — difficult tort actions that are not recognized in most states. Mississippi appears to be cornering the market on such lawsuits this month with lawsuits involving two political different prominent individuals, including Democratic Party chairman Jamie Franks. The state Supreme Court has also released an interesting opinion on whether a law firm can be a defendant in an alienation lawsuit.
Continue reading ‘Mississippi Courts Confronted with Array of High-Profile Alienation of Affection Lawsuits’
Jason Berry has an amazing account of how a powerful Catholic priest, Father Marcial Maciel, was allowed to not just sexually abuse young seminarians but both father and abuse his own children. These allegations surfaced in a Connecticut lawsuit. Maciel died in 2008.
We just saw how a mother bear came to the rescue of her captured cub on video. Loretta Cottey, 53, presents a distinctly human variation of that story after Ohio police arrested her for allegedly attempting to bring drugs to her son in the Warren Correctional Institute.
Continue reading ‘Mom Arrested Smuggling Drugs to Son in Prison’
This video is going viral of a mother bear saving her cub from a net. This is solely offered as a cute distraction from our more troubling posts today.
Continue reading ‘“All I Asked You Was To Watch The Cub . . . “’
While England has backed away from extending anonymity to rape defendants (as with rape victims), Australia has a new false rape case involving two anonymous parties. Notably, however, the woman is not being charged with a false report despite the allegation that she may have tried to destroy evidence that the sex was consensual. The evidence was reportedly found among an IPhone’s deleted messages.
Continue reading ‘Rape Charges Dropped After IPhone Allegedly Yields “Deleted” Messages Showing Consensual Relations’
Earlier we discussed the grounds for former Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod to sue Andrew Breitbart and other individuals involved in the posting of a misleading video that led to her resignation. She has now announced her intention to sue.
In this clip, former Governor and Fox News anchor Mike Huckabee has a matter-of-fact conversation with Moral Majority co-founder Tim LaHaye on whether “we are living in the end times.” LaHaye explains that Obama is pushing us “closer to the apocalypse”
The Utah Supreme Court has unanimously overturned the conviction of polygamist leader Warren Jeffs. The Court ruled that the trial court erred in its instructions to the jury and specifically the instruction regarding lack of consent. Jeffs was sentenced to two consecutive terms of five years to life (a rather bizarre range for a determinate sentence).
There is a major first amendment case brewing in Washington, D.C. The National Law Journal was hit with a temporary restraining order from D.C. Superior Court Judge Judith Bartnoff preventing it from publishing facts that its journalists found in publicly available documents. The court blocked the NLJ from revealing the name of a government agency investigating POM Wonderful, a pomegranate juice maker. After signing what appears to be an unconstitutional order, Bartnoff is quoted as saying “If I am throwing 80 years of First Amendment jurisprudence on its head, so be it.”
Continue reading ‘D.C. Judge Hits NLJ With Prior Restraint Order’
Tennessee Lt. Gov. (and Republican gubernatorial candidate) Ron Ramsey has added an alarming new position to the race. He has stated that he is not convinced the Constitution protects Muslims under the guarantee of freedom of religion.
Oklahoma judicial candidate John Mantooth may defeat his opponents but not before he defeats the campaign launched by his daughter Jan Schill and his son-in-law against him.
Continue reading ‘No Schill For Mantooth: Daughter Runs Campaign Against Father’s Run for Judgeship’
Pastor Donald Crosby of Warner Robins, Georgia is fighting to get the Devil out . . . of his son’s high school. The Warner Robins High School has a Demon mascot and Crosby is leading the fight to exorcise the Demon from the school’s sporting events.
This criminal case in Moldova may be unique. Father Valentin is accused of accidental homicide after he allegedly drowned a baby during a baptism. The video is below ( pictured on left shows standard Orthodox baptism).
Sam Adam Jr. is under a threat of jail from Judge James B. Zagel in the trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Zagel has ruled that Adam cannot refer to witnesses whom the government conspicuously did not call to trial — even though prosecutors referred to non-appearing witnesses. Adam said he was prepared to go to jail over the issue.
The Hawthorne City Council is considering a $300,000 settlement in a case were its police tasered an autistic teenager and then, after the family filed a complaint with the department, returned a week later and arrested the teenager.
There is an amazing story out of Northern Mexico where jailers not only allow prisoners out at night to work as hitmen, but allegedly gave them their own service weapons and vehicles to do the night work.
Continue reading ‘Night Shift: Prisoners Given Guards’ Guns and Cars To Work As Hitmen During Nights’
The Dove World Outreach Center, based in Gainesville, Fla. is observing the anniversary of the September 11th attacks this year in the most offensive and irreligious way possible — Terry Jones and his flock will burn a Qur’an (Koran). Jones is the author of “Islam is of the Devil.”
Continue reading ‘American Taliban: Church Announces “International Burn a Koran Day”’
The recently activated Kepler Mission is already paying off great dividends. The deep space observatory has reportedly found up to 140 planets that may be habitable, Earth-like bodies. This is just after six weeks on the job.
In a reversal under pressure, the English Justice Ministry has decided that it will not treat both the accused and the accusing parties in rape cases equally. The Ministry had indicated that it would grant anonymity to those accused of rape just as the alleged victims are given anonymity. Under pressure from both the Labour Party and female MPs, the Ministry has backed down.
Sometimes it is better for justice to be blind. A Swiss court has lifted a fine against a hiker who insisted on encountering nature Au Naturale. The ruling of the court in Appenzell in Northern Switzerland is being hailed as a victory for human rights — and fueled calls for nudist trails (on the model of nudist beaches). The defendant used the pseudonym Puistola Grottenpoesch (one could come up with some better options in English like Bare Necessities or Trail Mix).
Walter Edmund Bond, 34, is so committed to being a vegan that he tattooed the word across his neck. It was a useful identifying feature when officers arrested him for allegedly burning down a sheepskin factory in Colorado. However, it gets even more bizarre.
Continue reading ‘Police Arrest Alleged “A.L.F. Lone Wolf”’
Chinese Officials Apologize For Mistaking Senior Leader’s Wife for an Average Citizen — And Beating HerPublished 1, July 25, 2010 Bizarre , Criminal law , International , Society 8 Comments
Chinese officials are very upset at a terrible mistake made by police officers. The officers beat a woman outside of a government office. Nothing strange there. Officers routinely beat Chinese citizens who try to present petitions for relief to the government as a deterrent. It turns out, however, that this was Chen Yulian, the wife of a provincial law enforcement officer. She had come to go out to lunch with her husband. The local Communist Party Chief appeared aghast — not with beating citizens of course but that an elite party member was given the same treatment: “Our police officers never realized that they beat the wife of a senior leader.”
A conservative German legislator, Marco Wanderwitz, has called for a formal tax on citizens determined to be obese. Wanderwitz insists that obese people are imposing public costs that are unreasonable — akin to polluting industries.
Meet Robert Rizzo, California’s $13 million man. Yesterday, we discussed how, while Rizzo and two of his colleagues have resigned from their positions with the small town of Bell (where Rizzo was pulling in a salary of roughly $800,000 a year), they will still be able to collect millions in pension. In Rizzo’s case, his $650,000 annual pension could yield $13 million in twenty years.
Continue reading ‘Meet Robert Rizzo, the 13 Million Dollar Man’
Three administrators in Bell, California have resigned after the national outcry over their inflated salaries. Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo was found to be making $787,637 a year — roughly twice the salary of President Obama — to oversee a city of less than 40,000 people. Assistant City Manager Angela Spaccia and Police Chief Randy Adams also resigned. However, it now appears that Rizzo is entitled to $650,000 a year in pension. It is not clear why the mayor and other officials have not joined the ranks of the recently resigned.
Continue reading ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls: City Manager Could Receive $13 Million in Pension Funds’
Two prisoners in Argentina, Walter Pozo and Cesar Andres, made a less than impressive escape from a prison after they discovered that the towers were guarded by dummies with footballs for heads. Budget cut backs led the prison to replace guards in 13 out of 15 towers with the dummies, who they named “Wilson” after the movie “Cast Away.”
Continue reading ‘Two Inmates Escape Prison as Dummy Guards Look On’
Horatio Toure, 31, picked the wrong time and place to engage in some felonious conduct. Toure saw a woman using an IPhone and snatched it out of her hand while peddling away on his bike. The problem is that the woman was demonstrating the new GPS feature on the phone and promptly helped the police track down Toure.
Continue reading ‘IFelon: Thief Tracked Down and Arrested After Snatching IPhone During GPS Demonstration’
A Saudi father has chained his 29-year-old son to his bed for more than six years because he is possessed by a female genie. Many of us went through the same period of possession after exposure to “I Dream of Jeannie” during our critical adolescent years.
Former Ways and Means Chairman, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D., NY) will be tried on serious charges of ethics violations after he rejected the findings of the Ethics Committee, including the alleged failure to declare up to $831,000 in assets and use of his office to raise money for a center named after himself.
“I Wanna Be Your Man”: Beatles Impersonators Sue Beatles Impersonators For Their Impersonation of BeatlesPublished 1, July 23, 2010 Bizarre , Society , Torts 19 Comments
This may be the most quintessential Vegas lawsuit. The Fab Four out of Nevada has been impersonating the Beatles in musical tributes. They are now effectively suing the Fab 4 of Colorado for impersonating them impersonating the Beatles. The Nevada Fab Four insist that the Colorado Fab 4 look too much and sound too much like them — in looking and sounding like the Beatles. Got it?
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There is an interesting torts lawsuit involving Qantas Airline. American tourist Jean Barnard has sued after she was seated next to a screaming three-year-old boy who proceeded to scream so loud that she said blood ran from her ear and she became deaf. The parties announced that they may have reached a settlement this week.
Continue reading ‘Qantas Screaming Child Lawsuit Reportedly Settles’
We previously saw how New Jersey was shutting down bathrooms on its non-toll roads. Now, if you were holding it for Newark, think again. Mayor Cory Booker has ordered city officials to stop buying toilet paper as well as other cuts. That message is “go in New York.”
Continue reading ‘Please Go In New York: Newark Stops Ordering Toilet Paper’
I have previously written about my view that the Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional. Now a federal judge (a bit more important) has reached the same conclusion in the case of Rick Glen Strandlof.
Continue reading ‘Federal Court Dismisses Prosecution Under Stolen Valor Act’
Stoughton (Mass.) police officer Richard P. Bennett, 28, got into big trouble after he decided he had to see “The World’s Smallest Porn Star” while on duty. Bennett stopped by Alex’s Gentleman’s Club to watch “Bridget the Midget” Powers, a 3-feet nine-inch tall stripper/porn star. He has now resigned from the force.
Continue reading ‘Officer Resigns After Visit To “Bridget the Midget”’
A California man has been arrested for a fairly unique crime; breaking into a closed bar, re-opening it, and serving drinks for days. Travis Kevie, 29, is a transient in Auburn, California who spotted the shuttered Valancia Club and decided to go into the bar business. The thing that proved his undoing was the media.
Continue reading ‘Transient Man Arrested After Re-Opening Bar and Selling Drinks’
A Flight attendant appears to have taken a unique approach to “Making the sky the best place on Earth” (“Faire du ciel le plus bel endroit de la terre”). The 47-year-old flight attendant identified only as Lucie R. is accused of waiting for people to go to sleep in business class between France and the Far East and then robbing them of thousands of euros in cash, cards and jewelry.
Continue reading ‘Air France Flight Attendant Confesses To Robbing Passengers’
In Leon, New York, Levi Detweiler, 17, allegedly took police on a chase leading to a crash and arrest. Just another joy-riding crazy teen? Not exactly, the vehicle was a horse and buggy and Detweiler is an Amish boy who was fleeing the cops for an unknown reason in a very slow getaway.
Continue reading ‘When Amish Kids Go Bad’
A German court has issued a notable ruling in the case of the Rabbit-phobic teacher. The court rejected a defamation case by a teacher against a 16-year-old student who spread rumors that the teacher was terrified of rabbits. The court concluded that teacher was in fact rabbit-phobic.
Continue reading ‘German Court Rejects Defamation Case After Finding Teacher To Be Rabbit-Phobic’
Peter Cox, 49, is seeking possible legal action after an officer shot him in the groin with a 50,000 volt taser. The officer from the police department in Bridgwater, Somerset insists that it was an accidental discharge.
Continue reading ‘Police Officer Shoots Man in Groin with 50,000 Volt Taser’
The controversy continues over a video of Georgia director of Rural Development Shirley Sherrod at the NAACP. Sherrod, and many supporters, have objected that the tape from the NAACP event was clearly edited to cut off her comments to mislead the viewers. Andrew Breitbart released the video but insists that he did not edit it. The question is whether Sherrod can sue over the video. Most criticism is focusing on Andrew Breitbart who released the video on his media sites. Raw Story released the full video without the editing. In response, Breitbart told Fox News “this is not about Shirley and Andrew.” He appears half right given the growing condemnations directed at him.
Continue reading ‘Can Sherrod Sue Over Edited NAACP Tape?’
There is a disturbing case out of Israel where an Israeli man of Arab origin has been convicted of rape after having consensual sex with a woman after he allegedly told her he was Jewish and looking for a lasting relationship. Sabbar Kashur, 30, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by a Jerusalem court.
Continue reading ‘Israeli Arab Man Convicted of Rape For Assuring Lover He is Jewish’