July 2005

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Sentence Enhancement Imposed for Bullshit

Hot off the presses, and from a source who I think would like to remain nameless (tell me if you don’t, source), comes the first known example of a defendant’s sentence being enhanced because he is a bullshitter. Judge Stewart…


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Latest Example of “Law Clerk Bingo”

Whoever wrote the concurring and dissenting opinion for Ninth Circuit Judge Fernandez in Southern Union Co. v. Southwest Gas Corp. has scored many points in the game of who can get the most ridiculous words into a judicial opinion. The case…



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Can a Mug Shot Also Be Evidence of the Crime?

Probably not very often, but this one is. Hint: the charge is “abusing harmful intoxicants,” namely, spray paint. The site links to a number of other excellent mug shots. The Smoking Gun


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Poorly-Planned Flight From Law Ends in Courtroom

Trying to avoid a trial date, Jada Coover led Iowa police on a high-speed chase Wednesday after his pickup was spotted on State Highway 50. Coover fled down the highway, then into the town of Vermillion, where he stopped the…


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Man Fakes Own Kidnapping to Avoid Wrath of Girlfriend

Here are some things to remember when planning to claim, falsely, that you were kidnapped: If you say you were on the way to a store to buy something, check to see if that store really carries that item. Because…




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Cell Phone’s Ring in Court Earns Man Jail Time

These days pretty much all courthouses prohibit cell phones, or at least require that they be turned off while in the courtroom. You should honor this rule at least in Chatham County, North Carolina. Sergio Cortez Herrera didn’t, and Judge…


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Carjacker in Jesus Cape Believed to Be “Religious Nut”

Police in Cleveland reported this week that a man who had broken into a downtown church then went on a carjacking spree while wearing a black liturgical robe, a purple cape he had taken from a statue of Jesus, and…