Weird Criminal Law # 366: Was it a Suicide?

MICHIGAN: So grim, so grim…could this have been a suicide? Inquiring minds would like to know. Earlier this year authorities in Pontiac discovered the remains of a woman whose death six years ago went unnoticed because her bills had been set on an automatic bank-debit payment system. Investigators believe the woman is Pia Farenkopf, 49, who had been last seen alive in September of 2008, when she was laid off from her job at a mortgage finance firm. Allegedly, Farenkopf was estranged from her family, and her neighbors who knew she liked to keep to herself. They thought she had moved to Germany, as she had said a few times that she might. How was her death determined? Her money ran out in March 2013, causing the bank to foreclose on her home. Contractors then started work on the home and discovered the body inside her 2003 Jeep Liberty inside her garage.


MINNESOTA: NO POTTY, NO PEACE, NO POTTY, NO PEACE. Lily Prince, a 50 something-year-old factory worker is fighting for her right to take potty breaks.  Ms. Prince who works on a an assembly line, was fired after her bosses refused for hours to give her a bathroom break, and she resorted to peeing in a box. A judge ruled the factory was wrong to deny her the break, and has allowed her lawsuit to go to trial. This was so stupid; perhaps that is why we smell a quick settlement in the works!


KANSAS: Better late than never! Someone in Lawrence finally returned a cookbook to the library more than 20 years after checking it out – but failed to pay the $450 overdue fee. Librarians found the copy of The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean: A Celebration of the World’s Most healthful Foods, in the overnight drop box at the Lawrence Public Library. The book had been checked out in 1992.


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