Weird Criminal Law Stories # 611: Born to be a lawyer

Hi Readers –I hope you have a happy April Fools’ Day today

INDIA: “He was born to be a lawyer,” read the headline. A 27-year-old businessman says he plans to sue his parents for bringing him into the world without his permission. Raphael Samuel’s mother and father are both attorneys and presumably accustomed to strange lawsuits. Mom Kavita said, “If Raphael could come up with a rational explanation as to how we could have sought his consent to be born, I will accept my fault.”

MAINE: “He need more than a Lyft,” read the headline. After getting into the wrong ride-share car, a drunken man made a fuss trying to get into a Cape Elizabeth home he mistakenly thought was his own, police report. When the homeowner called police, they took him to the station house to sober up. The homeowner did not wish to press charges.

MASSACHUSETTS: Gram saved from more of a scam? We learn that a cab driver is being praised for helping an 87-year-old from being taken by a classic scam. Richard Spencer says he sensed something wrong when the woman he was driving told him she was going to Walmart to purchase thousands of dollars in gift cards. He drove her to the police station. Why? The woman had received a phone call saying her grandson needed money to stay out of jail – and had already been scammed out of $4,000.

MISSISSIPPI:  DMV stalker? Timothy Howe was arrested recently and charged with stalking and harassment in the city of Troy, for pestering workers with kindness at the Driver’s License and Vehicle Registration Office – ordering them pizzas, contacting them on social media and, in one case, dropping cash on the counter while instructing an employee to “go get yourself a manicure or pedicure.”

NEW YORK: Oops! A Schenectady man setting up a drug deal ended up mistakenly texting a police officer. Richard Betters, Jr, 44, thought he was arranging the hand-off of 20 oxycodone pills with someone else, police said. The police officer played along and arrested Betters at a Taco Bell.

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