Weird Criminal Law Stories # 395: Texas & Kentucky

TEXAS: At least he did not have “Gin & Juice” with Snoop. A state trooper has been reprimanded for posing for a photo with Snoop Dogg at the South by southwest festival in Austin because the rapper has several convictions for drug possession. Billy Spears was working security at the March 2015 event when Snoop Dogg asked to take a picture with him. The artist posted the image on Instagram with the comment, “Me n my deputy dogg.”  Department of Public Safety and Transportation official s saw the posting and cited Spears for deficiencies that require counselling for a supervisor. Spears’s attorney says his client did not know about the rapper’s criminal record. However, Spears can’t appeal the citation because it isn’t a formal disciplinary action.

 

KENTUCKY: Sounds like this might have been some kind of inside job. Authorities stumbled on some backyard bourbon; however, this was fine liquor and not homemade moonshine. Franklin County sheriff’s deputies found five barrels of bourbon stolen from the Wild Turkey Distillery. The suspect hid the stolen spirits worth between $3,700 and $6,000 per barrel, in his backyard, the deputies said.

 

KENTUCKY:  Yes, police threw the book at him! A candidate for Kentucky lieutenant governor was arrested for failing to turn in a library book more than a decade ago. Johnathan Masters, 33, was driving to a TV interview when police pulled him over for having expired tags. The officer ran his name and found he had a warrant out for “theft by failure to make required disposition of property” 11 years ago.

TEXAS: He who laughs last laughs best… Members of a production crew, shooting footage to promote the city of Houston were robbed at gunpoint. The stick-up men took the crew’s expensive equipment in front of a “We Love Houston” billboard. We learn that the crew may get the last laugh in this matter. Why? It appears that a rolling Go-Pro camera shot footage of the robbers that has been turned over to the Houston police Department.