Weird Criminal Law # 378: Zimbabwe Sinner!

ZIMBABWE: Former Rhodes Scholar and Harvard graduate hits the skids…A convicted former Illinois congressman whose prison sentence for bank fraud was commuted by President Clinton in 2001 was arrested last year in Zimbabwe for allegedly making 100 pornographic videos and snapping 2,000 nude photos. Melvin Reynolds, 62, whose political career crashed in 1995 after he was convicted of statutory rape involving a 16-year-old campaign worker was in the African country while serving as a middleman for foreign investors. Possession of pornography is a crime in the country. In addition to pornography charges, Reynolds, a former Rhodes Scholar and a Harvard graduate, was also charged for remaining in the country illegally on an expired visa.


CANADA: The headline read: “What the puck?” Two thieves stole $28,000 worth of hockey sticks from a sporting goods store in Gatineau. Police believe the bandits may be planning to sell the sticks which each retail for a cost of $100. Police have warned hockey buffs in town to keep their eye out for men selling cheap sports gear on the street.


NEW YORK CITY: What kind of idiot wears a teddy-bear hat to an armed robbery? A man dressed in a teddy-bear hat and armed with a large knife tried to rob a woman in the lobby of her Manhattan building. The 31-year-old victim had just exited a subway station when the suspect started trailing her. When she entered the lobby of her building he followed her inside, pulled a butcher knife and demanded her purse and valuables. She fought him off and he fled. NYPD put out a look out for the suspect described as being about 25 years old, 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds, who was last seen wearing beige knitted teddy-bear hat and a camouflage jacket.


OREGON: CRASH! A toddler, who was wearing only a diaper went on a joy ride when he climbed into his father’s jeep, knocked it into gear and held on as it rolled down a hill. The jeep plowed into a neighbor’s house. We learn that the child was not hurt and he ran home to watch cartoons.


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