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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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It’s often better for everyone if you can keep the family together. However, it’s also often better for everyone if the family, as a unit, ends. This case, and The Juice means “case” in two senses of the word, appears to fall in the latter category.  As reported by The Argus Leader:

An Iowa jury has found a father and daughter guilty of one count of false imprisonment in a case involving a lock up of the woman’s husband in a Lyon County grain bin.

Well, there was some good news.

Oriana Groppetti and her father, Craig Olson, now face up to one year in jail on the misdemeanor charge. The jury found the pair not guilty on two felony kidnapping charges, and on charges of assault while committing a felony.

You might be wondering what motivated Mr. Olson and his daughter.

[Derek Groppetti] had flown into Sioux Falls to see his wife on July 21. Oriana Groppetti been visiting her family in Canton, where Craig Olson lives, when her husband arrived and told her he wanted a marital separation.

That night, McAllister said, the whole family stayed up drinking, and the wife found messages about her husband’s affair on his phone. She broke his phone, then smashed her own across her husband’s face.

Derek Groppetti went to sleep that night, McAllister said, and hoped to fly home to California the following day.

“What Derek Groppetti didn’t know was that (his family) had spent the night coming up with a plan,” McAllister said.

That plan would have kept him in a grain bin for two to three days, the prosecutor said. He noted messages from Oriana Groppetti to her father that urged him to make sure her husband had water. Water and cereal were found in Olson’s truck, McAllister said.

“Would have” because …

Derek Groppetti pushed his way out of the first grain bin and was picked up by his wife, who took him to another farm with another grain bin. They met Olson there, and Olson said “we can do this the easy way or the hard way” just before his son-in-law ran to a neighboring farm house and dialed 911 with a borrowed cell phone.

Said the prosecutor:

“This was not a family dispute,” McAllister said. “These were crimes committed by these defendants against a family member.”

Said the victim:

Derek Groppetti, the alleged [“alleged”? – they were convicted] victim, testified last week that he didn’t feel he was kidnapped and that he wasn’t intimidated by his wife or father-in-law.

Really? Even in light of this evidence?

McAllister told the jury that the evidence was clear: Olson and Oriana Groppetti conspired to hold Groppetti against his will. Rhinehart and Willett both noted that the first bin wasn’t locked and that Derek Groppetti got out quickly, but McAllister suggested that the father and daughter didn’t expect him to escape.

He held up a text message from Olson to Oriana Groppetti, sent shortly after Olson drove away from the first bin site to make his point.

“Houdini couldn’t get out of there,” Olson wrote.

When Oriana saw her husband on the road, she sent her father a message from her iPad that read “he’s out,” then another that asked him to come quickly.

Houdini huh? You can read the full story here.

 

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You, a former judge, enter into a plea deal.  Your lawyer says it is a good plea deal. Then you reject it because it might impact your pension? Check this out, as reported by The Phladelphia Enquirer:

Former Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Willis W. Berry Jr. on Thursday rejected a proposed guilty plea on conflict of interest charges after learning that it could imperil his state pension.

“It’s a shame, it was a good deal, but we just can’t risk the pension,” said Samuel C. Stretton, a lawyer for the 72-year-old former judge.

Stretton publicly announced Berry’s decision at a status hearing before Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Erdos.

With the plea off the table, Erdos transferred the case to trial Judge Donna Woelpper and set a pretrial hearing for Jan. 7.

Stretton said Berry, who retired two years ago, was to have pleaded guilty to charges he used his judicial office and court staff to operate his private real-estate business.

In return, Stretton said, Berry would have been sentenced to probation and would have agreed to pay restitution of $50,000.

A good deal? If you read the rest of the article, you’ll see that it was a great deal. Which leads one to wonder, does the former judge think he’s going to do better at trial? The reason it was such a good deal is because of the mountain of evidence against him! And he was going to get probation!

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The Juice has never heard of anything happening like this in the United States nor does he expect to, ever.  However, this was in India, as reported at dnaIndia.com:

A 24-year-old man allegedly slapped actress and model Gauhar Khan and assaulted her at the sets of a musical reality show, India’s Raw Star, on Sunday. The man was allegedly against her wearing short clothes.

The incident happened on Sunday evening when Khan, the host of the show, was shooting for its grand finale episode. According to the police, a member of the audience, Akil Malik, 24, walked up to the stage, allegedly misbehaved with her and then slapped her. The incident happened at Studio number 9, Filmcity in Goregaon East.

A police officer said, “Malik told the actress that he was against her wearing short clothes before slapping her. He touched her inappropriately as well. Following this, guards deployed at the show intervened and stopped him. He was immediately handed over to the police. We took him in custody and have sent him for medical examination. He will be arrested soon.”

At the time of going to press, the Aarey Colony police was in the process of registering a case under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) under the Indian Penal Code. “We will be taking statements from the actress. Currently we are interrogating the accused. Investigations are on,” said Punjabrao Ugale, DCP of Zone 12.

You’ll find the source, including a photo of Ms. Khan, here.

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It wasn’t hard to prove that this was an inside job! You might ask yourself how a security guard could possibly be unaware of security cameras in the store where he worked. It’s definitely a head-scratcher.  As reported in The Brooklyn Paper’s Police Blotter (90th Precinct – Southside–Williamsburg):

The owner of a Varet Street jeans and sneakers store said that a security guard stole merchandise between Nov. 11 and Nov. 14.

The proprietor of the establishment between Graham Avenue and Humboldt Street reported that he caught the rent-a-cop on video taking several pairs of sneakers from between Nov. 11 at 5 pm and Nov. 14 at 11 am.

Um, er, uh.

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Really? You’re blaming the dog for the car exceeding 100 mph? Under oath? In Court? Yup. You can probably guess what the judge thought of this defense. As reported by The Daily Star:

Jordan Winn claimed Buster, a Staffordshire bull terrier, leapt into the foot well of his Volvo and sat on the accelerator pedal, causing him to drive away from a police officer that was pursuing him in Chester-le-Street, Durham.

According to Winn, Buster was operating the driving pedals with his bum while looking up at him with his head poking up between his knees because it was stuck underneath the steering wheel.

The 23-year-old’s story was branded “ludicrous” by a judge and was jailed for 13 months at Durham Crown Court and disqualified from driving for three years.

In an attempt to reduce his culpability after CCTV footage of the incident on October 19 last year was shown to the court, Winn even claimed Buster put his behind down on the brakes as the Volvo narrowly avoided a family car.

However the suggestion that the terrier knew when to brake to avoid colliding with the car travelling in the opposite direction and exactly when to speed back up was dismissed.

You can read more, and find the source, here.

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Fans of the Maryland Terrapins have a saying: Fear the Turtle. In this case, it has to be altered slightly: Fear the Turtle’s Owner.  As reported by The Palm Beach Post:

On Tuesday morning, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 500 block of West Kalmia Drive, just east of Old Dixie Highway between Northlake Boulevard and Park Avenue in Lake Park.

[Marie] Seymour [age 53] and her boyfriend were drinking when he said he would harm her turtle and allegedly came after her, according to her recount of the events. The turtle’s name was not released.

You did not just threaten the lady’s turtle. Are you insane?

Seymour said that in defense, she took out her knife and stabbed him, according to the report. It’s not clear where Seymour stabbed her boyfriend.

When deputies arrived, the boyfriend told authorities he did not want Seymour to go to jail.

While he was treated for his injuries at a hospital in Palm Beach Gardens, Seymour was taken to jail for booking.

The charges?

Marie Seymour faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail under supervised conditions.

Here’s the source, including a mug shot

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It’s no joke. A court in India has temporarily banned Comedy Central. As reported by ndtv.com:

Entertainment channel Comedy Central has gone off-air for at least five days after the government found its shows having “obscene” and “vulgar” dialogues besides being derogatory to women.

The Delhi High Court had on Monday upheld the Centre’s decision to stop the channel’s transmission for 10 days and also imposed a fine of Rs. 20,000 payable to the Centre.

“We have carefully perused the contents of the two programmes to which objection has been taken and having gone through the same, are of the opinion that the matter requires no interference.

“The appellant is engaged in a business/enterprise which owing to its mass appeal/base has the potential of influencing the thought, behaviour and conduct of the citizens, especially the future citizens of this country,” the court had said dismissing the plea of Viacom 18, which owns the channel.

Not cool at all. Here’s the source.

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The Juice is not making this up. As reported by The Gainesville Sun:

An Orlando man was arrested in Gainesville Sunday afternoon after another man said he tried to rape him and steal the money he had just withdrawn from a credit union.

The suspect’s name?

Phuc Kieu.

Truth. You can read more, and see the mug shot, here.