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Weird Criminal Law Stories # 473:Why he prefers grandma

SOUTH CAROLINA: We now know why he prefers grandma. A Spartanburg mother was arrested on Mother’s Day for child cruelty after she repeatedly slapped her young son in the face. The mother, Shontrell Murphy, 30, became enraged after she learned that her son had made a Mother’s Day card for his grandmother – but not one for her.   PENNSYLVANIA: NSANE? A woman was arrested for walking around outside in her underwear to bother her neighbors, police said. Linda Corp, 76 was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct, and public intoxication. Police report that Ms. Corp allegedly made 16 phone calls to 911 earlier in the month and had been spotted strolling the neighborhood in her underwear, ringing doorbells and screaming
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Weird Criminal Law Stories # 472: XXXtracurricular activity

NEVADA: XXXtracurricular activity? After a fire captain was charged with having sex with a prostitute in Station 47, female EMT called him a scapegoat for rampant sex. Over several years, she said she has more than 50 sexual encounters at Sin City fire stations with at least seven different firefighters. Fire Chief William McDonald upon learning this confession cut visiting hours and installed surveillance cameras at all 20 city fire stations.   MICHIGAN: Forgery trouble? An elected official in a small town is serving a 90-day jail sentence after he was accused of forging documents to impress an overseas mistress. Charles Rogers is a member of the of the village council in Northport, north of Traverse City.  Authorities say he
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Weird Criminal Law Stories # 471: Boom closet

JAPAN: Boom closet?” It has been reported that some residents of Hiroshima, discovered that their broom closet was a boom closet. Yes, they found an unexploded World War II bomb tucked away in a cupboard in May 2017. The Japanese army blocked off the surrounding streets after the startled citizens reported the 18-pound munition. It was removed and detonated elsewhere. It is unclear how the bomb, which was Japanese ended up in the closet.   KANSAS: Do not use turkey feathers to hunt turkeys. Two men, shielding themselves with turkey feathers in hopes of attracting turkeys, were accidentally blasted by hunters in their own party who mistook them for the birds. Gary Dienst and Justin Wiles were shot by Gary’s
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Weird Criminal Law Stories # 470: Dumb Florida Stories

FLORIDA: Training Day Idiot! A Florida Sheriff’s deputy was recently fired for whipping out his service weapon and reciting lines from Denzel Washington’s character in the movie “Training Day.” Dean Zipes, a Lake County Deputy Sheriff, allegedly pulled out the weapon in his office twice before launching into a profanity-laced monologue from the 2001 police drama. Zipes, also, allegedly performed a mock stick-up on a pizza delivery boy.   FLORIDA: Doin’ the wild thing? A couple in St. Petersburg couldn’t resist having a sexual tryst on the front steps of a dental office during broad daylight. According to a police report. David Wheeler, 55, and Merri Anne Bromley, 63, started doing the wild thing outside the office of the Modern
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Weird Criminal Law Stories # 468: Wrong liquid lunch

AUSTRALIA: Wrong liquid lunch! An Aussie girl had quite a surprise in her lunchbox the last week of March when she accidently put a Smirnoff frozen beverage inside instead of a juice box. “EPIC lunchbox fail,” her mother wrote on Facebook. “When you tell your 5-year-old to put a frozen juice pouch in her lunchbox – and you forget about the other pouches that were in the freezer.   FLORIDA: A man who allegedly broke into a Brevard County home was arrested after he left one of his shoes at the scene of the crime, according to police. Joseph Knight, 27 allegedly stole guns, a PlayStation, a projector, a wall safe, and $300, but left one of his shoes in
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Weird Criminal Law Stories #467: From the Waffle House to the Big House

FLORIDA: The headline read: “From the Waffle house to the Big House.” A Florida teacher was arrested after having her boyfriend’s 14-year-old son drive her to a Waffle House restaurant because she was drunk. Terra Virgin, 32, told police she had five beers before she started craving breakfast food. Officers had pulled the car over to find the teen behind the wheel and Ms. Virgin in the passenger seat with an open beer can in her lap.   HOLLAND: The headline read: “Technology is going to the dogs.” Dutch inventors have unleashed a fleet of high-flying drones with scoops to clean up doggy droppings. We learn that the drones feature cameras and heat sensors to find and scoop up doggy
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P15-(2)Professor Birdsong received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Howard University. He teaches law in Orlando, Florida. After graduation from law school he worked several years with a large law firm. He then entered into a varied and distinguished career in government service. First serving as a diplomat with the State Department with various postings in Nigeria, Germany and the Bahamas. Professor Birdsong later served as a federal prosecutor. After leaving government service, Professor Birdsong was in private law practice. He has done on-air radio and TV legal analysis work for Fox News, CNN, Court TV and BET TV News. Currently, Professor Birdsong is occasionally invited to appear as a legal commentator on Fox Radio News, CBS Radio and MSNBC.

Aside from writing scholarly papers on law and humor books on criminal law, Professor Birdsong loves to play piano, cycle, swim and every other year, he enjoys walking the streets of Paris with his lovely wife.

Although he has been involved in serious criminal law work over the years as a prosecutor, a defense attorney, and a law professor, Professor Birdsong knows that it is good to stayed grounded. This means often taking time to look at the many funny and weird criminal law stories that crop up around the United States and the world. He believes we should not always take criminal law so seriously and instead, just have a good laugh at some of the silly foibles of dumb criminals and their crimes. That is why several years ago he began to collect and edit from the wire services and news the type of weird and funny criminal law stories that appear in this volume.

Professor Birdsong hopes that you will get a few good laughs or at least, some chuckles from his collection of weird criminal law stories and his “snarky” commentary accompanying each of them.

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