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As crimes go, this could have been a lot worse. In fact, it’s $5 away from not being a crime at all.  As reported by The Highline Times (Burien, Washington):

When the pastor of Highline United Methodist Church arrived to their location in north Burien on February 25th, she called 911 and let police know that she believed someone had broken into the church. She told police that she saw someone and heard footsteps though no one, other than herself, was scheduled to be there for work at the time. When she called out to whomever might be in the building, she heard them flee the building. Police arrived at the church a short time later and found that the only thing that was taken from the church was an estimated $5 worth of chocolate from the kitchen. Police found no damage to the building and nothing else missing.

Whew!

 

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Do you really need a law criminalizing the failure to return a library book? Rhode Island thinks you do, and they have one!

TITLE 11
Criminal Offenses
CHAPTER 11-41
Theft, Embezzlement, False Pretenses, and Misappropriation
SECTION 11-41-14

§ 11-41-14  Failure to return book or other library property. – (a) Any person who shall take or borrow any book or other library property from any of the libraries or collections as defined in § 11-44-15(b), and who, upon neglect to return it within the time required and specified in the bylaws, rules, or regulations of the library owning the property, after receiving notice in writing by the librarian or other proper custodian of the property that it is overdue, shall upon further neglect to return it within sixty (60) days from the date of the notice be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00), the fine to be for the use of the library. A written or printed notice given personally or sent by mail to a last known or registered place of residence shall be considered a sufficient notice. In addition, if the book should be lost, destroyed, or not returned, the person shall within sixty (60) days after being so notified pay to the custodian the replacement value of the book, including all reasonable processing costs, as determined by the governing board having jurisdiction.

(b) All library users shall be notified of the penalties provided in subsection (a) of this section at the time they obtain or renew their library privileges. The final notice provided for in subsection (a) of this section shall also contain notice of the penalties.

So it’s only $25, but it’s still a crime, which is just absurd. And do you really think, as required in subsection (b), that new users are told that about this? Unlikely. Here’s a link to the text of the law.

(This post, and thousands of others, are brought to you by Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia personal injury lawyer John Mesirow, a/k/a “The Juice.” He handles accident cases involving cars, bicycles, pedestrians, dunking booths [really!], trolleys, trucks, etc.)

 

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Trust me, your trash isn’t that interesting. As reported by The Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Seattle’s privacy is in the trash, according to eight people suing the city over its composting ordinance.

A lawsuit filed today in King County Superior Court argues that Seattle’s composting ordinance violates constitutional privacy by allowing garbage collectors to sift through peoples’ trash without a warrant.

The suit was announced Thursday morning at a news conference in Kerry Park, where supporters and plaintiffs held signs that read “Stop City Snooping!” and “Don’t Trash My Privacy.”

The Seattle ordinance — approved by voters last year and in effect since January — prohibits residents from throwing food and compostable paper in with regular trash and requires collectors to visually inspect trash to make sure that no more than 10 percent of the contents is compostable.

You can read more here.

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Yes, incredibly, this is a real story. As reported by myfoxdetroit.com:

Three Bloomfield Hills kids who refused an order by a judge to go to lunch with their father have been ordered to a juvenile detention facility.

“I felt like I was watching them be executed,” said Maya Tsimhoni.

The Tsimhoni family was in Oakland County’s family court for a hearing on supervised parenting time when Judge Lisa Gorcyca took matters into her own hands.

Read the court transcript as the judge as she sent the three kids to Children’s Village

June 24 court transcripts showed how upset the judge was. She ordered the Tsimhoni kids ages 14,10 and 9 to have a “healthy relationship” with their father.

She criticized them for avoiding him and even compared them to Charles Manson and his cult. Gorcyca then ordered the children to apologize and have a nice lunch with their dad.

When they refused, Gorcyca held them in contempt and had each child hauled off to Children’s Village’s juvenile hall – until they are 18 years old.

It’s been two weeks, and they’re still there. You can read a lot more here.

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This fellow was indeed born free and naked, but he’s in the slammer now (and clothed). He’s fortunate not to have been held in contempt. Perhaps the judge liked his singing. As reported by The Irish Times:

A 49-year-old man from Youghal in Co Cork, who constantly sang ‘Born Free’ when he appeared in court in Derry on Monday, has been remanded in custody.

Nicholas Roper was arrested in in Altnagelvin Hospital on Saturday night and charged with disorderly behaviour in the hospital’s accident and emergency department.

When his case was called at the city’s Magistrate’s Court, a police sergeant told District Judge Barney McElholm that the defendant had stripped naked in a police van and was refusing to come into the court room.

Mr McElholm said if it became necessary for him to hold the court hearing in front of the defendant standing outside the police van, he would do so.

Several minutes later the defendant appeared in the dock fully clothed.

As the court clerk read out the charge of disorderly behaviour to the defendant, the defendant started singing ‘Born Free’ and continued to sing the song throughout the hearing.

He ignored questions from the court clerk, from the sergeant and from the judge.

The defendant refused to say if he was guilty or not guilty of the charge. Mr McElholm said because each defendant was entitled to the presumption of innocent, a not guilty plea would be entered on his behalf.

When asked if he wished to apply for bail, the defendant continued singing and again ignored the question.

Mr McElholm said he was not refusing bail, but he was remanding the defendant in custody because he had not applied for bail.

The judge then asked the prison officers present to ensure the defendant was clinically assessed when in custody.

The police sergeant told the court that after his arrest the defendant was clinically assessed by appropriate medical experts who said he was fit to appear in court.

The defendant was remanded in custody until July 20th and Mr McElholm informed him that he was entitled to apply to the High Court for bail.

Click here for the source.

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Lots of people drink too much. Some people go on crime sprees. Not too many people do both simultaneously. Added to the list – a gent from from Wasilla, Alaska. Per The Alaska Dispatch News:

A 27-year-old Fairbanks man faces multiple charges after he robbed a Wasilla coffee stand, pulled a gun on another man, fled from authorities at high speed and drunkenly exposed himself along the Parks Highway, Alaska State Troopers say.

In an online dispatch, troopers wrote that a woman called authorities after she arrived at work around 5:15 a.m. Thursday at the coffee stand, on the Parks Highway at Vine Road. She found a man stealing money and other items from the stand, troopers said.

The woman’s husband confronted the robber, who then pointed a gun at the husband before fleeing in a blue Chevrolet Tahoe, troopers said. When troopers attempted to stop him, the man accelerated to 100 mph; troopers said the pursuit was discontinued near Mile 66 of the highway.

Just before 7 a.m., troopers reported, several people called to report an intoxicated man exposing himself on the side of the highway. When troopers responded, they found 27-year-old Harding Custer, whom they determined was also responsible for the coffee stand break-in and car chase, the dispatch said.

Yikes! Here’s the source.

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If you thought you could find an expert on anything, you would be wrong.  As reported by HurriyetDailyNews.com:

A Turkish judge has taken full responsibility in a pornography case while acquitting the investigation’s suspects after the court failed to find an “expert on artificial vaginas.”

You’re probably wondering why the judge would need such an expert, aren’t you?

Daily Hürriyet learned that the 26-year-old suspect, a businessman identified as Emre Ş, started to import realistic vaginas and other sex toys into Turkey two years ago. The second suspect, 29-year-old Kadir P., published the photographs of the products on his website for marketing purposes.

The Telecommunications Directorate (TİB), however, took action against the men.

Yes, action had to be taken.  If not, who knows. Those things could end up taking over … their owners’ …

The TİB, which was granted the authority to monitor Internet users and block websites and their content without court permission last year, filed criminal complaints against both men. After the investigation, the prosecutor asked the court to sentence both men to between six months and three years in jail, beside a hefty fine, claiming that they committed the crime of “publicizing obscene graphics, texts or remarks.”

That’s not nothing. But …

The Criminal Court of First Instance at the Anadolu Courthouse in Istanbul acquitted both suspects on July 1.

According to the ruling seen by daily Hürriyet, the judge stressed that he evaluated the artificial vagina “with his own general knowledge” because the court failed to find an expert whose specialty covers the domain.

As such, the judge added, Turkey’s criminal law does not specify which products should be considered obscene, which led him to issue the ruling that acquitted the suspects, who had imported the sex toys legally and advertised them with a parental advisory on their marketing website.

Phew. Back to business. Speaking of business …

More than 81,000 websites, most of them pornographic, are currently blocked in Turkey. According to the monitoring website Engelli Web, 93.6 percent of these websites were blocked by the TİB without a court order.

No court order? Sounds a little extra-judicial. Here’s the source.

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Money in the form of many large bills

You never know when you might need some cash. Some folks deal only in cash. (The Juice can think of a few …)  But this much?  As reported in The Brooklyn Paper’s Police Blotter (68th Precinct – Bay Ridge/Dyker Heights):

A crook hit the jackpot when he lifted $18,600 from an Eighth Avenue apartment between May 26 and June 3.

The resident was out of town for the span, and when he returned to his house between 67th and 68th streets in Dyker Heights, he found that someone had broken into his apartment and taken the cash and an iPhone 6 from his bedroom dresser, police said.

Who keeps $18,600 cash in a bedroom dresser drawer, other than this gent? Anyone else think the perp knows the victim? The Juice isn’t buying the random “jackpot” theory.

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This is just not a smart way to cool yourself off for a lot of reasons – all of them obvious. As reported by wkyt.com:

It was 90 degrees Thursday and a man apparently went into a South Williamson Wal-Mart to cool off.

The Pike County Sheriff’s Department on Friday obtained an arrest warrant for a man who entered Wal-Mart naked, shouted “I’m on fire” and then poured a gallon of milk on himself, according to a news release.

The man left the store, hopped into a car with someone else and left. Sheriff’s deputies say the incident was caught on camera by a third-party and uploaded to social media.

After investigating, deputies obtained warrants for Timothy Smith of Phelps and David Daniels of Belfry. A release does not say which man is accused of going into the store to cool off.

The two were arrested Saturday afternoon without incident. Both were lodged in the Pike County Detention Center where they are being held without bond.

The investigation is ongoing, and there could be other arrests, the release said.

A dare? Drunk? Stoned? Bored? Chances are we’ll find out soon enough. Here’s the source.

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You may think that this could not happen in the United States. You would almost certainly be right. (The “insulting words” were not disclosed.) It happened in the United Arab Emirates. As reported by 7days.ae:

The Federal Supreme Court has ordered a retrial for a man convicted of swearing at a colleague in a WhatsApp message, after prosecutors said the fine handed out was far too lenient. The Arab was fined Dhs3,000 by a court of first instance but prosecutors appealed the verdict, saying he should face a fine of up to Dhs250,000 or imprisonment.

The UAE’s most senior court backed prosecutors in a judgment issued this week.

Court documents showed that the man, whose nationality was not stated, was prosecuted after his colleague complained to police that he swore in a message and also threatened to harm him.

The victim had presented his mobile phone to prosecutors showing that the defendant had sent “insulting” words to him. The documents did not state what exactly had been said.

Prosecutors charged him under recently introduced cyber crime laws. “The message from the defendant, which contained insulting words, was found in the victim’s mobile phone”, said prosecutors. The defendant had denied the charges.

Both the first instance and appeal courts found the man guilty of committing a cyber crime and ordered him to pay Dhs3,000. He was cleared of threatening to harm his colleague.

As 7DAYS reported last month, police and lawyers warned that sending a middle finger emoji sign – such as the one featured in Microsoft’s new mobile operating system – could land the user in court under the same laws.

A date for the new trial is yet to be confirmed.

Yikes. Might cause some folks to move the UAE down on their “countries to visit” list. Here’s the source.