Weird Criminal Law Stories # 324:Pastafarian?

TEXAS: A Texas Tech student was allowed to wear a pasta strainer on his head for an official state ID card.  Eddie Castillo convinced the Department of Public Safety ne should be allowed to wear the strainer based on his religious freedom to worship the “Flying Spaghetti Monster.” He stated further, that members of his “Pastafarian” church pray to the Flying Spaghetti Monster to advocate for greater separation between church and state.

This kind of foolishness even makes Rastafarian beliefs sound rational…


COLORADO: We’ve learned that men in Colorado are getting advice concerning drunk driving while they urinate.  Bars in the state have installed a device called an “Interactive Urinal Communicator,” which plays an anti-DWI public service announcement on a speaker as a patron approaches the urinal.

Just the silliest thing I’ve ever heard of. Wonder if it cuts down on DWI’s?

 COLORADO: This is tragic news. Denver authorities have put out a family of its subsidized public housing two days after the main tenant was murdered.  Because the victim, Sandra Roskilly, was the only person named on the lease, her mother and her autistic nephew who lived with her had to get out. Authorities at the housing administration said, “We understand the family is under duress, but we will be locking the unit because they have no legal rights.”

This sounds cruel and unusual – aren’t they successors and assigns of Roskilly?

TENNESSEE:  A strange-looking man unnerved managers of a small Nashville grocery store, forcing them to accept a mysterious sealed envelope before he left the store.  As it turns out, the mystery man was a recovering drug addict who had robbed the InterAsian market and Deli 12 years ago. The envelope contained his written apology for the robbery, along with the $300 he had stolen.

The worm turns…


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