Weird Criminal Law Stories # 329: GONG!

RHODE ISLAND: A Narragansett husband said that the 700 gongs he hears each week from the St. Thomas More Catholic Church across the street from his house made him irritable and led to arguments that doomed his marriage. John Devaney, 64, filed a federal lawsuit against Pope Francis and others, and is challenging a town anti-noise ordinance that exempts religious institutions.

I’ll just bet Pope Francis is quaking in his boots over this kind of lawsuit….


LOUISIANA: Police report that a drunken man rode his horse into the western-themed Louisiana saloon called “Cowboys” and acted like a movie villain. He actually lassoed a patron and dragged him through the parking lot. The 26-year-old buckaroo was soon arrested at his mother’s home where he lives with his mom.

Sounds like the mamma’s boy needed to let off a little steam…


NEW YORK CITY:  An ex-marine who plotted to behead federal Judge Joseph Bianco and a prosecutor – to avenge his Ponzi scheme convicted buddy, sobbed and begged a  Brooklyn federal judge to “give him a second chance in life, that’s all I am asking,” he said at sentencing. Judge John Keenan was not moved and sentenced Djevid Mirkovic, 38, to 24 years in prison.

An appropriate sentence for plotting to behead a federal judge, crybaby!


PENNSYLVANIA:   Nine year old Jaiden Newcomer who lives in York won a 250 pound pumpkin at an October fest celebration.  He proudly kept the big pumpkin on his front porch before someone stole it. The thieves then later returned the pumpkin with a note that read: “I’m sorry about taking your pumpkin. Sincerest apologies.”

A pumpkin thief with a heart of gold.





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