Weird Criminal Law Stories # 352: Robot Suicide?

March 25th, 2015 by Leonard Birdsong

AUSTRIA: Weird stuff? We  have just learned that the world’s first robot suicide has taken place in Austria. The Irobot Roomba 760 cleaned its owners’ kitchen. In November 2013, when the robot finished its kitchen chores the owners turned it off for the night. The robot restarted itself, climbed on the stove, pushed a pot out of the way and turned on the burners.  We learned, further, that no suicide note was found.


ITALY: OINK! It has been reported that a still-breathing Italian mob boss was fed to the pigs by members of a rival crime syndicate.  Francesco Raccosta was beaten with iron bars by members of the N’drangheta crime family which controls much of the southern Italian region of Calabria. They then tossed him in the pig sty where he was eaten alive. The murder was allegedly carried out by mob boss Simone Pepe, 24, who admitting to the killing and three other murders. Raccosta had been missing for more than a year when authorities arrested Pepe and gained his confession.  A police spokesman said the bloody feuds between the rival crime clans had been ongoing since the 1950’s.


WISCONSIN: A church elder was arrested for allegedly stealing four cases of hand bells meant for his church.

Weird Criminal Law Stories # 351:Butt-Dial?

March 18th, 2015 by Leonard Birdsong

ARKANSAS: Can you hear me now? A would be murder plot unravelled when one of the suspected coconspirators sat on his phone and butt-dialed the target, who heard details of the planned job and went to the cops. James Macom, 33, overheard his former employer, Larry Barnett, 68, telling a suspected hit man to make the killing look like an accident. Barnett was soon arrested by officers of the Jonesboro Police Department.


COLORADO: Irony? A woman stole a traveler’s suitcase at the Denver International Airport – just a few feet away from an airport official was giving a TV interview about how bags were rarely stolen in the airport. “It doesn’t happen often,” airport spokeswoman Stacy Stegman told a CBS camera crew the day before Thanksgiving, 2013. At the same time a thief in the same terminal had swiped and looted a bag before dumping it nearby.

NEW YORK CITY: How rude! A Brooklyn mother scared away a burglar who tried to break into her bathroom while she was potty-training her 3-year-old daughter. Araceli Coello, 29, was with her baby daughter, Allison, on a

Criminal Law Stories # 350: “V” for Vendetta of Victim?

March 11th, 2015 by Leonard Birdsong

FLORIDA: “V” for Vendetta or victim? An off duty North Miami Beach police officer was arrested at an Obama-care protest rally in Plantation for refusing to take off a “Guy Fawkes” mask. Ericson Harrell, 39, was wearing a cape and the mast at the rally that has been popularized by the film “V for Vendetta,” and often worn by Occupy Wall Street protestors. He allegedly refused to identify himself or show his face when officers asked him to. We understand that he is now on leave from the North Miami Police department. He probably now thinks “V” is for “victim” of Obama-care


PENNSYLVANIA: We think Kessler is coo coo for Cocoa Puffs… A police chief who is facing being fired contends that he plans to start his own militia. Chief Mark Kessler of the town of Gilberton is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. His job is in jeopardy because he posted on YouTube videos of himself firing his police weapon while raging against President Obama. Kessler has put out a flier wherein he maintains that his militia is: “NOT PART OF ANY INSURECTION (sic) MOVEMENT.”


TENNESSEE: She was certainly a hothead. A 15-year-old Knoxville school boy was chased by police and arrested after he set his teacher’s hair on fire

Weird Criminal Law Stories # 349: Irony!

March 4th, 2015 by Leonard Birdsong

NORTH CAROLINA: Talk about irony! A North Carolina Child Protective Services supervisor, Wanda Larson, ended up in a lot of trouble recently after police found her 11-year-old foster son handcuffed to a porch and shivering with a dead chicken around his neck. Larson and her husband, Dorian Harper were both arrested. Her job is probably also at risk.


LOUISIANA: Oooops! In late 2013 hundreds of food stamp recipients went on a spending spree when their electronic benefits cards mistakenly listed their balances as “no limit.”

Weird Criminal Law Stories # 348: Practice Makes Perfect

February 25th, 2015 by Leonard Birdsong

SPAIN: A Spanish pianist is facing a possible seven years in prison after she was charged with causing “psychic injury” to a neighbor by practicing for eight hours a day.  Prosecutors are also seeking to get Lisa Marin banned from playing professionally for four years. Sounds like overkill!


CZECH REPUBLIC: Petr Svacha, 26, is facing a possible years in jail after using a chainsaw to slice his way back into a restaurant in the town of Zlin after closing time. Svacha just wanted to finish eating his pudding. Waiters at the restaurant had kicked Svacha out midway through his dessert because the restaurant was closing for the night.…Must have been some really good pudding.  


BRAZIL:Do they really want convicts to have knitting needles?  Prisoners in Brazil have a new way to win early release – knitting.