Weird Criminal Law # 374: Yes, they were the real dummies

October 7th, 2015 by Leonard Birdsong

ENGLAND: They were the real Dummies. Two British men who travelled to Syria to join the fight against the Assad regime were armed with copies of the books Arabic for Dummies and the Koran for Dummies face record jail sentences of 18 years after pleading guilty to terrorist offenses. Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed, both 22, may be released, on good behavior, for the last five years of their sentences under extended bail terms, ruled Judge Michael Topolski as he delivered the heaviest punishment to date in England for Syrian related offenses.


FRANCE: Oh, what ecstasy! Police arrested suspected drug traffickers after finding their stash of 26,740 ecstasy pills hidden in can labeled as pickles. The arrest was made in the town of Fresnes-Les-Montauban, near the Netherlands border. Police report that the seized pills had a street value of $253,100.


PENNSYLVANIA: What an imbecile! A man tried passing counterfeit $20 bills at the wrong yard sale, according to a report by police authorities.
Grey Douglas, 40, has been charged with

Weird Criminal Law # 373: What’s in a name?

September 30th, 2015 by Leonard Birdsong

IDAHO: My, my, what’s in a name? Arrested for allegedly stealing goods from unlocked cars in Boise was the young lady with quite a name: Amanda Miranda Panda. Panda and her boyfriend Tristen Parsons, both 18, were charged with three felony counts of burglary from automobiles. Authorities theorize that her name is derived from a once popular children’s book, Miranda the Panda is on the Veranda.


WASHINGTON: The headline on this one read: “Chair today, gone tomorrow.” It has been reported that a man took house swapping to new heights when he traded furniture with his unwitting neighbors while

Weird Criminal Law #372: He used his head

September 23rd, 2015 by Leonard Birdsong

FLORIDA: So how long have you had that headache, mister? A bandit in Orlando broke into a convenience store by literally bashing in the front door with his head. The hardheaded crook shattered the glass at the sunshine Food Mart in Orlando and made off with $10,000 worth of scratch-off lottery tickets. The owner of the mart immediately contacted the Florida Lottery Commission and all the scratch-off tickets were cancelled before any could be used.

Weird Criminal Law Stories # 371: No Graveyard Champagne

September 16th, 2015 by Leonard Birdsong

FRANCE: SACRE BLUE! One would think you could drink champagne in a French graveyard. However, a widow found out the hard way that wasn’t true when gendarmes spotted her sipping champagne at her husband’s gravestone and arrested her for public drinking.


AUSTRALIA: Dirty dancing, maybe? A man was such a bad dancer that it got him kicked out of a club and even led to his arrest.  The 20-year-old was booted because his dancing was deemed “reckless.” 

Weird Criminal Law Stories # 370: No Wee Wee Here!

September 9th, 2015 by Leonard Birdsong

COLORADO: A “wee” bit of exasperation, maybe? Traffic congestion is causing this homeowner problems. Construction-related traffic jams on US Highway 36 have been resulting in motorists regularly pulling over to relieve themselves in the back yard of Pinewood Springs resident Mr. J. K. As a result he has been forced to post a sign in his yard reading: “Don’t P Here!”


AUSTRALIA: Where could the Big Mango Be? Police in Queensland have been on the lookout for a 30-foot mango. Queensland’s famous Big Mango statute was stolen last February by thieves who used trucks and cranes to haul away the massive landmark. Police are certain they will find the crooks. Until then we learn that Australians still have a number of other large fruit statues, including The Big Banana, The Big Pineapple and the Big Strawberry.


ARIZONA: They have dubbed him the “beer baron of Arizona.”  Anthony V, an 18-year-old teenager, was arrested in March in Phoenix for