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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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“Hey buddy. Sorry to see you stuck in the snow. Would you like some help?” Okay, so that’s not quite how it went down. Per the Paterson Press (via northjersey.com):

In two cases that authorities believe are linked, men offering to help drivers struck in the snow then robbed the stranded motorists at gunpoint early Thursday morning, police said.

That is just cold.

The first incident happened at 1 am on the 400 block of 15th Avenue, said Lt. Bert Ribeiro. A group of five suspects told a man they would help push him out of the snow, but then one of them pulled a gun on him, Ribeiro said. The suspects took the men’s cell phone and tried to drive away in his vehicle, but it was still stuck, so they fled on foot, Ribeiro said.

If you think ditching their vehicle stopped them, think again.

About 15 minutes later, a group of three or four men volunteered to help a man and two women stuck on 700 block of 21st Avenue, Ribeiro said. Again, one of the them brandished a handgun and they took the man’s belongings as well as the women’s purses from inside the vehicle, police said.

In both cases, victims described two of the suspects as skinny and a third as being heavy, police said. “It seems to be the same people,” said Ribeiro.

Here’s the source.

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Nobody likes a noisy neighbor. What if you lived next to a bar that cranked out music – outside – from 9 p.m. – 3 a.m., from 5 speakers, nonstop? Such was the fate of some folks in Barcelona, Spain. As reported at canada.com:

A court in Barcelona said three persons living near the city’s Donegal pub “developed depressive anxiety syndrome that needed medical treatment” due to the noise …

Oh, and did I mention that the pub owner never got a permit for the outdoor sound system? If you think this is not a jailable offense, you’d be wrong. The owner “received a record jail term of five and a half years for “torturing” his neighbours with loud music from his sound system judicial officials said Monday.” (The pub has closed in 2006.)

Ironically, as you may have read, many inmates say that one of the hardest things to get used to in prison is … the constant noise.

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Isn’t the goal of recycling to recycle as much as you can, thus reducing our consumption of the resources that go into making the discarded items, and reducing the amount of trash that goes into landfills? So while it may not result in the greatest yard sale, more power to this gent. As reported by The Northwest Florida Daily News:

Police were called on May 26 for reports of a man going through garbage cans.

A woman called police around 3 a.m. on May 26 to report that a man was going through her neighbor’s garbage, according to the call log. She thought it was strange and wanted a Niceville Police officer to figure out why he was going through the garbage.

Officers spoke to the man on a bicycle, who said he was going through the cans trying to find things to sell at a yard sale, the log said. He was told to keep it quiet and not go up to garbage cans next to houses.

Officers were called again around 9 a.m. for a man going through garbage cans, but it is unknown if it was the same man. The caller did not want any follow up, according to the log.

Now that’s recycling! Here’s the source.

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If you want to be master of your domain, do NOT live in a neighborhood governed by a homeowners association. If you choose to do so, just remember that things like this could happen to you.  As reported by wsmv.com (Nashville, Tennessee):

A Brentwood homeowners association is threatening to sue a family if they don’t take down a wheelchair ramp in the next week.

After Michael Broadnax suffered a stroke late last summer, his wife became the head of the household.

Charlotte Broadnax retrofitted her house with a small ramp so her husband could come home for rehabilitation. Now, the homeowners association for the Woodlands of Copperstone is threatening to sue …

She received a letter in the mail dated June 1 from Alvin Harris, an attorney representing the homeowners association.

“The association demands that within 14 days of the date of this letter, you remove the wheelchair ramp and restore the exterior of your home,” Charlotte Broadnax said, reading from the letter.

The letter went on to list the consequences the homeowner would face if she didn’t meet the demands.

” [The Declaration] authorizes the association to come onto your property and remove the ramp and charge you with the work,” Charlotte Broadnax read.

The letter then reads, “If you force the association to sue you, it will seek a court order” and charge the Broadnax’s for attorney’s fees.

And just so you know how heartless the HOA is …

Michael Broadnax, a well-known pastor, is currently in the hospital recovering from another brain surgery.

“Within 14 days I have to try to get that ramp down? Within 14 days bring him home?” Charlotte Broadnax said. “When he comes home from the hospital, how am I going to get him in the house?”

The family found out a few days before Thanksgiving that Michael Broadnax could have therapy at his home.

“The nursing home said they were sending my husband home and I needed a ramp put up,” Charlotte Broadnax said. She says she promptly hired a legal contractor and had the ramp installed before the nursing home inspection. “I didn’t do this to deface my home,” she said. “My priority was taking care of my husband.”

What does the HOA have to say now?

“The board did not know the ramp was for the homeowner, Mr. Broadnax. The association would like to work with the owners on a compromise regarding the appearance and location of the ramp and compliance with any applicable codes.”

How about knocking on their door before sending the letter? You’re all “neighbors,” or at least you live close to each other, because this sure isn’t neighborly behavior. You’ll find the source,  and a video news story, here.

 

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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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There are many times when you just say “yes sir” or “yes ma’am” or, and especially “yes, your honor.” And even if you’re not going to be polite, it’s just not a good idea to go all the way to the other end of the spectrum, as this gent in New Mexico found out. As reported by krqe.com (Albuquerque, New Mexico):

A man already facing an aggravated assault charge for allegedly attacking a bus driver got himself into even more trouble when he tried to talk tough to a judge Saturday.

So what brought this gent to court?

According to a criminal complaint, Thomas Crum tried to get onto a bus near Eubank and Copper on Friday with an expired bus pass. When the driver wouldn’t let him on, police say Crum pulled out a folding knife and threatened the driver with it before punching him across the face.

Crum was arrested and taken to jail.

It’s the bus driver’s fault your pass is expired? Mr. Crum is lucky he didn’t draw The Juice’s friend who drives a bus, or the story would have been “Bam! Bus driver serves up instant justice to attacking passenger. It was over after one punch.”

So what exactly went down with Mr. Crum and the Judge?

In court Saturday, he wanted Judge Daniel Ramczyk to let him go free without a bond.

“I would like you to release me on my own recognizance on the simple fact that I will not brandish arms,” Crum said. “I do not carry a gun.”

But given Crum’s criminal history in New Mexico and Texas, and pending shoplifting and DWI charges from separate cases, Ramczyk was not swayed. He still set a bond for Crum and ordered him not to ride on any city buses.

That’s when things got ugly.

Well, kind of ugly. It’s all relative, I guess. If you want to see “ugly,” click here. Back to Mr. Crum …

As Crum was being led away, he had some words for the officers with him that were picked up by the microphone.

“Don’t touch me man, don’t touch me dog, you already know what’s up,” Crum said. “I’m not afraid of you or that f***ing judge.”

That last comment made the judge furious.

“I find you in direct contempt of court for the disrespect and the foul language you used,” Ramczyk told Crum. “Shame on you.”

Even that wasn’t enough to keep Crum quiet.

“Do you know who I am?” he asked the judge before he was led away for the final time.

Yeah, you’re the guy who’s going to be sitting in jail unless he can come up with $1,000 (10% of the bond).

Crum was given a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

Here’s the source.

(Don’t forget who brings you Legal Juice every day, and has for the past 8 years. (Yes, there are thousands of posts at www.LegalJuice.com.)  The Juice is a personal injury lawyer who represents folks injured in automobile, bicycle and pedestrian accidents in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.)

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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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It’s just this simple: if you screw up in school, your parents will find out eventually. These boys thought they could avoid that fate. As reported by The New York Post:

Police in Serbia have arrested two schoolboys they accuse of having stormed a Belgrade classroom masked and armed with a plastic pistol and making off with their teacher’s grade book.

Police said in a statement on Wednesday they had apprehended two unidentified seventh-grade pupils and seized a replica handgun, a knife, a balaclava cap and pair of sunglasses after the incident on Tuesday during school hours in the Belgrade suburb of Kotez.

School crime and violence have soared in Serbia since the war years of the 1990s when societies across old socialist Yugoslavia frayed under the pressure of gangsterism, corruption and nationalism.

Authorities in Serbia have responded by installing video surveillance and deploying constables at some schools.

“It appears that a third boy agreed with two friends that they would grab the grade book because of his poor grades,” a police officer, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

The pair were charged with violent behavior, jeopardizing public safety and destruction and damage of property, police said.

Here’s the source.