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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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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.

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Forget about the other circumstances surrounding this man’s detention. It must have been obvious to the officers that something was amiss when the man said he was told to leave heaven. As reported by The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg, South Carolina):

A 53-year-old Cordova man was taken into custody and transported to the Regional Medical Center just before 3 a.m. Thursday after he was seen running completely naked down Cannon Bridge Road.

The man told a deputy that he had gone to heaven and was hearing people tell him to go back.

He also stated that he’d disobeyed his mother and would not do it again, that he’d jumped a fence and just started running.

The man remained calm throughout the incident. No charges were filed.

It would appear that the gent caught a break from Johnny Law.

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This so strange, you probably just assumed it happened in Florida.  Alas, this odd series of events took place in Ireland. As reported by The Irish Times:

A prisoner in Mountjoy Prison was stranded on a roof of the prison campus for nearly seven hours on Tuesday after climbing up the building to retrieve a bag of drugs.

The Irish Prison Service is investigating how the man, who is serving three and half years for producing an article during the course of a dispute, managed to gain access to the roof area of a building in the Mountjoy Prison Campus.

The man climbed the building to retrieve a package of drugs which was caught in the netting over the prison’s exercise yard but was unable to get back down.

A spokesman for the Irish Prison Service confirmed there was no risk that the inmate could have gained access to the perimeter of the prison as the building in question is located in an internal yard on the campus.

Nice plan. And if you’re thinking “Hmm, a man alone on a roof for seven hours with his drugs …”

The man, who was removed from the roof at around 8pm on Tuesday, is believed to have been heavily under the influence of drugs having consumed all of the contents of the package.

You were apparently correct! Any more time for that?

The prisoner will be subject to internal disciplinary procedures. An investigation has been launched to try to ascertain how the man accessed the roof and who was responsible for throwing the drugs in from outside the prison walls.

Maybe not. Who knows what “internal disciplinary procedures” means. Click here for the source.

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File this under “strange shoplifters.” Why would you steal a fraction of the amount of the merchandise you paid for? You’ll find this woman’s explanation interesting. From the Moultrie News Police Blotter:

A woman went into a local department store and purchased over $700’s worth of items, but not the two pairs of earrings she allegedly unpackaged and shoved in her pocket – valued at $98.

And because of that, she was taken to jail for shoplifting and put on trespass notice.

According to the loss prevention officer, he witnessed her actions and stopped her at the exit.

When asked about the earrings, she said she forgot about them, according to the report.

And she kept to that story even when being questioned by the police officer.

She could not, however, explain why she had unwrapped them and discarded the packaging. She just said she forgot.

You forgot! That’s the best you’ve got? Might as well have gone with “How did THAT get there?” Someone must have …

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Nobody just walks into a dentist’s office and does this, except this guy. As reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

King County prosecutors claim James Pfitzner, Jr., provided his name, date of birth and Social Security number to an office manager at Aurora Dental Care, located in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. Pfitzner, 43, is alleged to have started masturbating moments later.

Describing the May 20 incident, a Seattle Police Department detective said the office manager then shouted at Pfitzner and called 911. Police responded but couldn’t find Pfitzner.

The office manager identified Pfitzner after reviewing a photo montage, according to charging papers. She later recalled that Pfitzner helped her pronounce his last name while checking in.

Pfitzner, who appears to have been living in a Seattle homeless shelter, was arrested the day after the incident and has been jailed since.

Pfitzner has been charged with felony indecent exposure. He was convicted on two misdemeanor counts of the same crime in December after pleading guilty.

Yikes. Sounds like he needs some help, not jail time. Here’s the source.

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Driving around the fountain in your car- that’s hilarious! No, not really. As reported by bt.com:

A cheeky driver thought he’d found a free car wash in the shape of Wakefield’s Bullring fountain – until the police noticed the brazen bather and gave chase.

The video shows the moment a motorist is chased by police after he took his car for a wash – in a fountain.

The incredible footage captures the driver of the silver Vauxhall Insignia spinning round under the jets of the famous Bullring fountain in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.  
As a police car approaches, the car wash cheapskate makes a crawling getaway as the plodding panda car makes after him.

Incredulous onlookers start shouting “nick him” as the police car appears on the scene, cheering as the cop car enters the Bullring.

Here’s the source, including a video of the “action.”

 

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Even the best phone scams succeed just a fraction of the time, but that provides a good living for too many people.  What about a scam that has virtually no chance of succeeding? Here’s just such a scam, as reported in The Brooklyn Paper’s Police Blotter:

90th Precinct – Southside–Williamsburg

A manipulative thief tried to get a woman to hand over a large sum of cash by telling her in a phone call to her Keap Street home on May 10 that they had kidnapped her son and were removing his fingers.

Even if you think it’s a scam, the caller now has your attention because you’re not sure.

The victim told police that she received the call in her apartment between S. Third and S. Fourth streets at 12:30 pm from a man who demanded that she send $1,000 to keep her son alive.

“We have your son,” the man on the phone said. “If you don’t give us $1,000, we are going to kill him.”

Someone else came on the phone and said that they were cutting the son’s fingers off and then another voice screamed.

Then they told the woman to go to Western Union branch and wire them the $1,000.

Now that’s enough to motivate any parent to take action. Of course, you always ask to talk to the victim, or for “proof of life” right? Or you can do what this woman did:

The victim instead called her son, who told her that he was at work and still had all his fingers.

Doh!