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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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Weird Criminal Law Stories # 464: Prison for “bum” doctor

MARYLAND: The headline read, “Prison for bum doctor.” A man accused of injecting misbranded silicone into people’s rear ends in hotel-room procedures was recently sentenced to 14 years in federal prison after one of his clients died.  The prosecution’s allocution at sentencing revealed that Vinnie Taylor of Wilmington, North Carolina, pleaded guilty to receiving and selling misbranded silicone for buttock injections that led to a woman’s death in March 2014. Taylor, who is not a medical doctor, told clients that the procedure was safe and involved medical-grade silicone.   NEW JERSEY:  What’s in a name?A police officer with the interesting name of William H. Dick III was charged with misconduct and witness tampering following accusations that he had on-duty sex
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Weird Criminal Law Stories # 463: Carlos the Booty Grabber?

NEW YORK CITY: The headline read: “No dough for the Booty Grabber.” A $2 million lawsuit filed by a Queens’s man who was dubbed “Carlos the Booty Grabber” was tossed out by a Brooklyn judge who didn’t buy his claims that he was falsely arrested.  Alan Radin sued NYC in 2014 after getting handcuffed the year before on charges that he groped two women near St. John’s University. Radin, 35, was cleared of forcible-touching and harassment but said that his life had been ruined over the arrests and the moniker he was given in news reports. The Brooklyn judge ruled that the police had probable cause to arrest Radin because he was positively identified by the victims.   OKLAHOMA: The
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Weird Criminal Law Stories # 462: Mayor Arrested in Sex for Meth Sting!

VIRGINIA: Mayor busted in meth for sex sting! What next? A Virginia mayor was facing drug charges recently after his arrest in a meth-for-sex sting. Three-term Fairfax Mayor R. Scott Silverthorne was arrested after meeting at a hotel with undercover detectives he connected with through a Website used to arrange casual sexual encounters. Police revealed that they had an idea they were pursuing the mayor from the beginning of the investigation, based on a tip that Silverthorne, 50, was involved with a Website where he was exchanging meth for sex, according to Fairfax County police. The undercover detectives agreed to meet for a group sexual encounter in exchange for meth – They were all men.   NEW YORK:  Son of
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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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