Happy Halloween to all of the ghostly regulars of the Turley Blog! Despite the theory that Halloween is just a cry for help from my rotting soul, I love this holiday and the house is covered with our annual display of skeletons, webs, and spooky items.
So, with no further ado, here is this year’s annual Spooky Torts list of actual cases from Halloween (with our past winners).
Fausto Lopez is someone who does not like to be late for work. Running late this month for his security job, Lopez was clocked speeding at 120 mph and then took police on a car chase. The security position is his second job. He is a Miami police officer.
In Santa Fe, Mexico, no one takes Monopoly quite as seriously as Laura Chavez, 60. Chavez was arrested last week for allegedly stabbed her boyfriend repeatedly after accusing him of cheating at Monopoly.
I have previously raised concern over the treatment of Herman Cain by the media and Democratic activists because of his race. While I have strong disagreements with Cain, I find it discomforting to see how his race is such a preoccupation with Democrats. This weekend, I was taken aback by the statement of Democratic strategist and MSNBC analyst Karen Finney that Cain is “a black man who knows his place.”
This YouTube video is raising some disturbing questions about the judgment and training of police in Gatineau, Canada. The police are shown responding to a call of an escaped calf by shooting the animal about a dozen times.
Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
42-year-old Tonya Sutton isn’t one to wear religion on her sleeve — more like in her hands. Toting a Bible in one hand and an open Colt .45 malt liquor in the other, the Fort Pierce native was stopped by police for violating Florida’s open container law. When police cracked open the Good Book, and much to their surprise, they found a hollowed out section for Ms. Sutton’s crack pipe – allegedly, of course. Police arrested Ms. Sutton on alcohol and drug paraphernalia charges.
Not sure if Sutton got the idea from the 1968 Robert Mitchum film, Five Card Stud, where his character, Rev. Rudd, kept his firearm in a carved-out Bible, or from “Andy” in The Shawshank Redemption, who did the same for his rock pick, but either way it’s ironically delicious.
This may also help explain why one in three Americans enthusiastically takes the Bible as literally true. After all, Karl Marx did call religion the “opiate of the masses.” Who knew that old German had a funny streak in him? In any event, it seems Bible pushers have a new marketing gimmick for their product. As every kid knows, a prize in the box always boosts sales.
~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger