April 2006

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“Mrs. Noisy” Sentenced to Year in Prison

Miyoko Kawahara, better known (at least in Japan) as "Mrs. Noisy," was sentenced today by a court in Nara to one year in jail for causing a nuisance that harmed nearby residents.  Mrs. Noisy, for some reason, constantly screamed insults…



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Death v. Graves

Not sure if "Comical Case Names" deserves its own category, but if so this one, filed in San Francisco on April 17, will be in it: Alan Death; Demetri "Mimi" Death v. Graves & Co., et al., CGC-06-451316 (filed Apr….


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“Star Wars Kid” Lawsuit Settles

Back in 2002, portly Canadian high-school student Ghyslain Raza made a video of himself (after class) imitating a Star Wars character, using a golf-ball retriever as a "lightsaber."  He then made the poor decision to leave the videotape lying around. …


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Homeland Security Department at Work Protecting Northern Alabama

In a ceremony Wednesday morning, law-enforcement officers in Homeland Security Region 6 celebrated the fact that additional resources had been provided to secure Region 6 against terror attacks.  So you al-Qaida members who were planning to attack northern Alabama, beware:…


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Officer Stops Cane-Using Old Lady From Delaying Traffic in LA

In Los Angeles last week, 82-year-old Mayvis Coyle blatantly held up traffic while she shuffled across Foothill Boulevard with her cane.  Coyle later claimed she did not have enough time to get across the five-lane boulevard before the light changed. …


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Agent Shoots Himself, Sues Employer

Lee Paige, a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and current DEA agent, was making a gun-safety presentation to kids at the Orlando Youth Minority Golf Association on April 9, 2004. I know you know what comes next. Bear with me. This…


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Legal Battle Between Dwarf Tribute Bands is Looming

Lawyers for Joey Fatale, "the 4-foot, 4-inch New Yorker who heads the all-dwarf KISS tribute band MiniKiss" — that’s a quote — sent a cease-and-desist letter to a rival band leader who Fatale accuses of stealing his idea.  His idea…


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Judge in Philippines Discriminated Against for Being Psychic

The persecution of the psychically gifted continues.  Judge Florentino Floro, who until recently presided over a jurisdiction in suburban Manila, was removed from the bench on "administrative grounds" because of prejudice against those who have the ability to see the…


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Man Accidentally Divorces Wife While Asleep

Divorces are much cleaner and easier under Islamic law than in the West.  If you are a man, of course.  Under Islamic law, a man only has to say the phrase "I divorce you" three times (within a relatively short…