Evidence

LTB logo

Writer Says Charles Manson’s Girlfriend Only Wants His Body

The claim isn't that her attraction to him is only physical—he doesn't get conjugal visits anyway. It's that she only wants to marry him because she literally wants his body, so she can charge people to look at it after…


LTB logo

Ferguson Grand Jury Evidence (WARNING: NON-COMEDIC POST)

Not that the outcome isn't a real hoot, but this is really just to provide a couple of links for those who are interested. First, this New York Times page has all the grand jury evidence in one place, including testimony,…


LTB logo

Coma-Faker Pleads Guilty to Fraud

Doesn't seem like it should have taken two years to establish this, but it turns out Alan Knight was lying when he claimed to be quadriplegic and/or comatose in order to avoid court appearances and delay his prosecution. He even…


LTB logo

Legally Dead Man Sentenced to Be Actually Dead

After I reported on the case of Donald Miller, the Ohio man who failed to convince a judge he should not be considered legally dead ("'No, You're Still Deceased,' Judge Tells Dead Man" (Oct. 10, 2013)), several people wrote in to…


LTB logo

Actually, We Were Wondering How You Signed the Claim Forms

In May, South Carolina's Attorney General reported that the number of insurance-fraud cases in the state had reached an all-time high in 2013. The report (via Overlawyered) is mostly just numbers, but it does include two or three examples of now-closed cases,…



LTB logo

What Is a Photocopier? (Deposition, Dramatized)

This is from the New York Times site, and it is indeed hilarious. It’s a video of actors recreating, verbatim, the deposition transcript from the Ohio case I wrote about here (“Deposition Battle Over Definition of ‘Photocopy”” (Mar. 18, 2011)) and then…


LTB logo

“MURDER” Tattoo Update: It’s to Be Turtlenecks in August

Reuters reports today that Jeffrey Chapman, the gentleman who, in one of history's great ironies, unwisely had "MURDER" tattooed on his neck at some point only to later be charged with that very crime, will not be allowed to bring…


LTB logo

A Good Reason Not to Tattoo “MURDER” on Your Neck

Can you guess? It's because such a tattoo might unduly influence a jury if you are, at some point, charged with murder. At least that was the argument made recently in Barton County, Kansas (Great Bend Tribune), by the defense…


LTB logo

All Work and No Play Makes Court Reporter a Dull Boy

He didn't go with that exact phrase, as far as we know, but according to the New York Post (thanks, Matt), a court reporter in Manhattan has been accused of going off the rails in dozens of cases, typing gibberish or random…