Evidence

Police Dog: The Meat-Smuggler’s Nemesis

In August, police in Framingham, Massachusetts, responded to a report that a gas station had been robbed.  They brought along a tracking dog and released it in the direction in which witnesses said the robber had gone.  Just a few…


Chicago Courts Rejecting Evidence Gathered by Laser

The Chicago Tribune reports that judges in Cook County, Illinois, have been dismissing speeding tickets issued to drivers whose speed was measured with laser guns rather than boring old radar.  The traffic court has taken the position that evidence gathered…


“Some Rumors Should Rest Untested”

Here's an opinion by the Minnesota Court of Appeals that is unpublished, but should not go unread.  Below are the first two sentences of the court's opinion – I have reversed the order for slightly greater comedic effect: Four teenage…


Longest Known Judicial Oath

According to the people at Improbable Research, who collect interesting and completely ridiculous studies done in many scientific fields (including the social sciences), the longest known oath required of witnesses in a judicial proceeding was the oath required in Burmese…


Monkey Mask Fails to Defeat Traffic Camera

This may seem at first like a great idea for beating those automatic photo-enforcement cameras they set up to catch speeders: I would honestly like to be able to say this idea worked and that there was still a mystery…


New Video Questions Dupre’s Claim

Welcome back to the case that poses the following legal questions, among others: Is it possible to have less than zero credibility, and What happens if both parties to a lawsuit suffer from that handicap? I think the answer to…


Japanese Bikini Model Uses Self as Exhibit

Serena Kozakura was convicted last year of property destruction, after a man accused her of kicking a hole in the door of his room so she could get inside.  Since Kozakura is a well-known pin-up and bikini model in Japan,…


Police Stop of Ax-Wielding Bike Rider Found Justified

In a classic opinion of which I have just learned, the California Court of Appeal ruled in 1998 that police were in fact justified in detaining a man they saw on a bicycle at 3:00 in the morning, primarily because…