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So do you think someone can get jail time for watching a cartoon? Would it make any difference if the cartoons were sexual? Decide for yourself, after reading this from stuff.co.nz:

Ronald Clark downloaded the Japanese anime cartoons three years ago, setting in train events that would see him in court in Auckland and jailed for three months for possessing objectionable material, and sparking debate as to what harm is caused by digitally created pornography.

That’s a yes. Perhaps a little background will assist you, perhaps not.

Clark has previous convictions for indecently assaulting a teenage boy and has been through rehabilitation programmes, but the video nasties he was watching in this case were all cartoons and drawings. He says the videos came from an established tradition of Japanese manga and hentai (cartoon pornography), a massive, mainstream industry in that country.

They weren’t even depictions of people – Clark’s lawyer Roger Bowden described them as “pixies and trolls” that “you knew at a glance weren’t human”. Bowden said the conviction for possessing objectionable material was “the law gone mad”.

However, while the cartoon characters were elves and pixies, they were also clearly young elves and pixies, which led to concerns the images were linked to child sexual abuse.

So what do you think? If you’re uncertain, you can read more (a fair amount) here.

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You go out drinking, and shit happens. But four times? Fuhgeddaboutit. As reported in the The Police Blotter in The Brooklyn Paper [88th Precinct (Fort Greene–Clinton Hill)]:

Some careful crooks emptied the pockets of a man sleeping on the Q train on Dec. 13, according to police.

The groggy 43-year-old straphanger said he was drinking at a bar in the Midtown section of Manhattan and boarded a Brooklyn-bound Q train at 11:30 pm on Dec. 12.

He fell asleep, and did not wake up until the train was heading back toward Manhattan, then exited at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center station, the authorities reported.

He discovered that his wallet, cellphone, and bottle of anxiety pills were all missing from his pockets, cops recounted. The same thing has happened to the victim four times since 2007, officers added.

Doh!

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Occasionally people walk into a police station and confess to crimes. But how often do they walk into the station and commit crimes? Well, it happened recently in Philly, per wpvi tv (Philadelphia, PA).

It was around 11:30 a.m. Sunday when police say 33-year-old Carlen Higgs walked into the Upper Darby police station talking gibberish.

He then allegedly sat down in the station lobby and lit up a marijuana cigarette.

You can guess what happened next – but just part of it.

Higgs was then arrested and placed in a holding cell.

That’s the part you guessed …

While in the cell, police say, he took off all of his clothes, defecated on the floor and then wiped his waste on the walls.

No way you guessed that part.

Higgs was taken to a mental health facility where it was determined that he was high on drugs.

You might have guessed that part too.

He is now charged with possession of an illegal drug and disorderly conduct.

Here’s the source. 

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Perhaps it’s time to attend some of those judicial conferences and retreats? Maybe pick up a few things?  As reported by The Dallas Morning New:

Earlier this year, [Judge Etta] Mullin made news when she refused to allow an attorney into her courtroom because he was wearing shorts. The attorney, James Lee Bright, had just undergone knee surgery and was in a brace. He said the knee brace prevented him from putting on long pants.

Did she think he was faking it? No doubt Mr. Bright would have preferred to appear in court with an intact knee, in long pants. Unfortunately that wasn’t an option.

In recent weeks, Mullin held one of Bright’s law partners in contempt of court. Mullin said the lawyer, Peter Barrett, threw a written motion at her while she was on the bench. Barrett called that a lie and said he’s routinely mistreated by the judge. The motion, he added, was one to have her recused from a case in which he’s representing a client. The contempt charge against him is pending.

While the judge could be telling the truth, there just aren’t a lot of Motions thrown at a judges. Yes, they are often made, opposed and consented to, but not thrown!

In the Dallas Bar Association’s 2013 survey of members, 89 percent of respondents gave Mullin the lowest overall rating possible, saying her performance “needs improvement.” That was by far the harshest assessment of any criminal judge; in the second-harshest, 26 percent of the lawyers who responded did so with a “needs improvement” grade.

Seventy-seven percent in the survey said Mullins isn’t sufficiently prepared for hearings. Eighty percent gave her the lowest possible grade for impartiality, 82 percent did so in rating her knowledge of the law, and 86 percent said her judicial temperament and demeanor need improvement.

She’s about as popular as a member of Congress! Here’s the source, with a photo of the judge.

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Sure, there are many possible explanations. But The Juice is going with this one:  Someone had a REALLY bad day in court at some point in his or her life. As reported by WISC TV (at channel3000.com):

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said changes are needed to protect employees at the City-County Building after Madison municipal court workers arrived at work Wednesday morning to find one of the courtroom walls covered with excrement.

Kelly McConnell, a judicial support clerk, sent an email and photo to Soglin, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Madison Police Chief Mike Koval and many other public officials detailing her frustrations.

“So THIS was found in the courtroom this morning as we were trying to get ready for court!” McConnell wrote. “Someone has been in the courtroom, AGAIN, and defecated in the courtroom itself. When will SOMEONE do something about what is going on in this building???!!!”

Yikes! You can read more, and see a video, here.

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If you’re neighbor asks you to turn down your window-shaking music and you don’t, you’re just a jerk. If a cop asks you and you don’t? You’re just not real smart.  As reported by The Review (East Liverpool, Ohio):

Sgt. Steve Boyd was called to 28290 Buffalo Road, Kensington, at 10:13 p.m. Saturday for a report of music so loud it was shaking nearby windows. Boyd stopped on the roadway and the music shook the windows of his patrol car. Steven J. Paul, 47, and Dawn Marie Johnson, 43, were arrested for persistent disorderly conduct after Boyd warned them to turn the music down and they did not.

Hey, maybe they couldn’t hear the officer! Huh? What?

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Yeah, it does seem like an oxymoron. Decide for yourself. (Please, MADD, no emails. Of course The Juice is against drunk driving. Is anyone in favor of it?) Here’s the skinny, per TheIndyChannel.com:

Just before 12:30 a.m. Monday, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 from a man reporting that he was drunk and needed to be taken off the roadway.

Say what? He must have been stinking drunk to do that, right?

A trooper found Matthew Devore, 24, in his vehicle on the side of Interstate 65 northbound near the 226 mile marker. Devore told the trooper he was sick of Indiana so he decided to go for a drive. Police determined Devore lost control of his car and drove into the grassy median.

He was able to drive out, but he told police he realized one of his tires was flat and decided to call 911 to report himself.

So how drunk was he?

Devore’s blood-alcohol content tested at 0.09 percent, police said, and he was arrested on a preliminary charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The legal limit in Indiana? .08. Here’s the source, including a mug shot.

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Coming forward as a witness is your civic responsibility, even when it’s dangerous. That said, the concept of “honor among thieves” is altogether different. Tell that to this gent, who committed a slew of crimes with his twin brother. As reported by wmbfnews.com (Charleston, South Carolina):

Federal prosecutors say a 30-year-old man was convicted of 39 armed robberies after his twin brother testified against him in court.

Wo. That is a boatload of armed robberies.

US Attorney Bill Nettles said Winard Montez Eady of North Charleston was convicted following a four day trial for his role in a string of business robberies. Eady was convicted of conspiring to commit robbery affecting interstate commerce and possession of a firearm in furtherance of the conspiracy.

According to court officials, the robberies focused on Asian restaurants, check cashing businesses, and loan businesses in or near Charleston County, also ranging as far as Walterboro, Holly Hill and Georgetown.

Evidence presented in the trial established that Eady, along with his two accomplices, committed a series of 40 armed robberies between July 2009 and March 2011.

Incredible that they were at it for almost 2 years without getting caught. The testifying brother must have gotten a huge break, right?

Court officials say Raynard Eady, who is facing 80 years in prison, and Simmons, who is facing 32 years, had previously pleaded guilty to their roles in the robberies and testified in Winard Eady’s trial.

Raynard Eady and Simmons each admitted to committing over 25 of the robberies.

The three men will be sentenced at a later date.

He’ll probably still get his break. Remember, he’s facing 80 years.  Here’s the source, including a mug shot of Winard Eady.

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Regular Juice readers may remember this post about a law in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana that prohibited the sale of silly string within three hundred (300) feet of any parade route within the parish on any day a parade is scheduled.

So, no selling of silly string, only on parade days, and only within 300 feet of the parade route. Well sir, that kind of leniency toward the devil that is silly string will not be tolerated in the town of Hopkinton, Massachusetts! For in that town, you may not sell or use silly string EVER. To wit:

ARTICLE I

Plastic String and Streamers

[Adopted 6-11-1990 ATM, Art. 26]

~ 154-1. Sale and use prohibited.

No person shall sell or expose for sale, use or cause or permit to be used any product designed to project a string or streamer of plastic material.

HT to The Hopkinton Patch for this tidbit.

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How drunk was he? Pretty darned drunk. Per The New Hampshire Union Leader:

Authorities received a call from a Kingston Court homeowner who reported that a man she did not know had walked into her bedroom.

Uh-oh.

Police responded to the home and found [Ryan] Maszczak [35] asleep in a bed, according to a release.

“Maszczak was intoxicated and appeared to have walked into the wrong residence,” police said in the release.

Oops. The charges?

He was arrested [for criminal trespass] and later released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail. He will be arraigned Aug. 9 at the 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack District Division.

Can’t think of a defense for this one, although to be fair to Mr. Maszczak, The Juice is a personal injury lawyer, not a criminal lawyer.