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A Dallas, Texas father was acquitted of theft charges after he confiscated his daughter's phone. Ronald Jackson was facing misdemeanor theft charges for taking his 12-year-old daughter's cell phone in September 2013 after finding inappropriate texts on the phone.

Those are the standard facts of the case and that's the easy way to write it up: "Stern dad vindicated by jury." But oh, you'd miss all of the juiciest details.

If you've pled not guilty to vehicular manslaughter, googling "How do fugitives escape?" while out on bail sure doesn't make you look innocent. But millionaire Sean Ludwick probably has bigger things to worry about right now than how he looks. Namely, whether he'll ever get out of prison again after a judge was alerted to his actions and denied him bail.

And if Ludwick is adding to his Things-Not-to-Do-When-Charged-With-a-Crime list, perhaps he should add, "Try and buy a boat from an off-duty FBI agent in Puerto Rico."

If you're going to have sex with your high school teacher, you probably want to get it on tape. After all, your friends might not believe you if you just told them. So maybe you record it on your cell phone and share it with a few or eleven of your friends.

This would actually be a bad idea. Because, unless you had the teacher's permission to tape the encounter, you may have just committed a felony. And that teacher might sue you.

Ever been tagged in a less-than-flattering Facebook photo? If so, you can imagine Donald A. "Chip" Pugh's pain when police posted the Ohio man's mugshot to social media: "They put a picture that made me look like I was a Thundercat or something."

We feel you, Chip. And we probably would've done the same thing and sent the police department a better looking selfie.