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A former Cedar Rapids, Iowa substitute teacher is claiming the local school district knew full well she was sexually involved with a student and ignored the relationship in an effort to avoid embarrassment. Mary Beth Haglin, who has been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, claims the Cedar Rapids Community School District "turned a blind eye because they wanted to protect their school."

So does that make the school or the school district complicit in her crimes?

Tokyo’s The Amrita, a nude pop-up restaurant, doesn’t even open its doors until next month, and it’s already causing quite a controversy. No, not because it purports to offer diners a “naked” eating experience. It’s because the restaurant will supposedly ban old, overweight, and inked-up patrons.

A similar prohibition in the U.S. might invite a few discrimination lawsuits. But those could be the least of a nude restaurant’s worries. Here are a few other legal concerns for naked dining establishments:

Nothing is life is free. Not lunch, not HBO, not even love. And definitely not hugs. So while a sign saying "Free Hugs" might seem like an altruistic act of simple kindness, you better be ready to tip the man carrying that sign, or face an assault.

At least, that can be the case in Times Square, where Jermaine Himmelstein was recently arrested (for the 17th time) and charged with robbery after punching a Canadian tourist in Times Square after she took him up on his offer of free hugs. So how did a friendly sign and the world's friendliest country turn into a felony?

$ave Dat Money: Legal Lessons From Lil' Dickey's Video

You never know what you can learn from a rap video, and that is just one reason not to be a snob. For example, Lil' Dickey's hit $ave Dat Money (yes, that dollar-sign-S is deliberate) is in fact a tutorial on savings ... and the law.

It may even have inspired a recent lawsuit claiming Starbucks overcharges iced beverage drinkers. Pay attention to the dramatic breakdown mid-way through Dickey's instructive clip on getting a lot done with a little bit before you scoff.

Justice Is Served: Brawling Florida Judge Is off the Bench

Some say that criminal court is where bad people are on their best behavior and civil court is where good people are on their worst behavior. So what are we to make of a criminal court judge who brawls with public defenders, forces defendants to appear without counsel, and totally loses his cool when an accused individual chooses to exercise his constitutional rights?

The Florida Judicial Qualifications Committee and the state's Supreme Court both considered the question, reviewing Brevard County Judge John C. Murphy's actions and reaching two very different conclusions. Spoiler alert: justice prevailed.

DIY Cardboard License Plate Won't Fly With Cops

Maybe in your youth you had a good fake identification that allowed you to get into bars when you were underage. It seemed cool, but actually it was a crime -- passing off a document or item as government-issued is against the law.

Now a woman in New York State has taken fakery (and custom plates) to the next level with a homemade license plate made of cardboard and markers.

"21 Jump Street." "Never Been Kissed." "17 Again." There are plenty of movies about adults sneaking back in to high school, whether to fight crime, research a story, or relive the past. But what about if you're a foreign national? And what if it's not a movie?

John Harris High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania found out this week that one of its star students was in fact a 23-year-old Ukrainian man who had been posing as an American student for almost four years. I don't think he'll be getting his diploma.

Google is notoriously secretive regarding its proprietary search algorithms. Uber Technologies is eager to become the most used ride sharing service. And Gainesville, Florida company Uber Promotions just wants to protect its local trademark.

The solution to this legal conundrum? Tell Uber to make sure anyone living in Gainesville and googling "Uber Gainesville phone" gets the phone number for Uber Promotions and not Uber Technologies' local contact number. Wait, what?

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.

Gold, frankincense, and myrrh are nothing compared to some dank Purple Kush or sticky Strawberry Cough. So while the Biblical Magi may have been kind to baby Jesus, the volunteers for Cannabis Can were the real heroes when they gave free joints to Denver's homeless for Christmas.

We're not sure whether those joints contained some sweet, sweet Sour Diesel or fuzzy Super Silver Haze, but we're pretty sure the presents were appreciated. "Merry Christmas and a puff puff, New Year's," one woman told volunteers while accepting a joint.