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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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Weird Criminal Law Stories # 461: Face Eating Psycho…

FLORIDA: A face eating psycho…why? The mother of a Florida State University student charged with fatally stabbing couple and then biting the man’s face told police her son had been acting strangely and claimed to have superpowers but had no history of mental illness or of heavy drug use. Mrs. Mina Harrouff called Jupiter police about three hours after her son, Austin Harrouff, 19, stormed out of a restaurant following an argument with his father. She advised police that Austin had been acting strangely for a week and believed he had superpowers and that he contended he was on earth to “protect people.”  Nevertheless, it was learned later that 45 minutes after he left the restaurant Austin was arrested after
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Weird Criminal Law Stories # 460: Just How Young is She, Anyhow?

UNITED KINGDOM: Just how young does this filly look? Inquiring minds would like to know… A British man says he is forced to carry ID for his 32-year-old girlfriend because she looks so young that people accuse him of pedophilia. Shakey Finks, 42, maintains that his life has become unbearable as people have wrongly accused him of molesting children. AUSTRALIA: No FWD – no frying while driving! Police in the city of Adelaide, spotted a strange-looking Mazda and pulled it over to find its steering wheel had been replaced with a frying pan. Police impounded the car after they discovered that the 32-year-old driver was uninsured. NEW YORK CITY: Screwed by his brothers, or just screwed? A Harlem man accused
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Weird Criminal Law Stories # 459: Of the Cross but not on the Cross

OKLAHOMA: Strange story – death by the cross but not on the cross!! An Oklahoma City woman accused of killing her daughter by forcing a crucifix down her throat told police that she believed the 33-year-old victim had been possessed by the devil. Police had gone to the suspect’s home in late August and found Geneva Gomez dead on the ground with a crucifix placed on her chest. Mom, Juanita Gomez, 49, faces a first degree murder charge and is being held without bond.   PENNSYLVANIA: Wouldn’t this behavior been more appropriate for the wedding night? The co-owner of One Enchanted Evening, a bridal shop in the town of Zelienople allegedly stripped and stood naked in the display window. Police
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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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