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Legally Weird - The FindLaw Legal Curiosities Blog


A Kansas murder suspect wants to cover up his "MURDER" neck tattoo prior to trial, but there are some legal and logistical problems in his way.

Jeffrey Chapman has been charged with the 2011 murder of Damon Galliart, whose body was found by hunters, reports Wichita, Kansas' KWCH-TV. Chapman and his attorney worry that the tattoo may prejudice jurors in his upcoming murder trial.

While it may be difficult to muster up sympathy for a murder defendant whose tattoo literally screams "MURDER," Chapman isn't without options.

Patient Sues Doctors for Making Fun of Him During Colonoscopy

Medical procedures may hurt physically, but what about hurting your feelings?

A colonoscopy patient in Virginia is suing his doctors for defamation and infliction of emotional distress after the medical professionals made fun of him after administering anesthesia, according to United Press International.

The doctors allegedly joked about "firing a gun up [the patient's] rectum," and it was all caught on a phone recording.

A New Jersey woman is suing the state's Motor Vehicle Commission after being denied an "8THEIST" license plate.

Shannon Morgan filed suit against the Commission in federal court Thursday, claiming that the denial of her application for a license plate reading "8THEIST" is a violation of her First Amendment rights.

Does Morgan have a right to be "8THEIST" on the road?

A long-haired woman is suing Walmart after a shampoo purchase allegedly forced her to cut several feet of her hair.

Jennifer Fahey, 30, of Portland, Oregon, alleges that she bought a bottle of Equate Everyday Clean Dandruff Shampoo at Walmart and was dismayed to find that the product made her long-grown locks "irreparably tangled." Fahey is suing Walmart and the shampoo's manufacturer for the suffering caused by her de-coifing.

Can Fahey's hair-related suffering make Walmart pay out?

Stop Using ALL CAPS to Email Kids, UK Court Tells Dad

You may think that using ALL CAPS in emails may get your point across better, but some courts around the world have told people to just STOP already.

For example, in England, a judge told an "insensitive" father that he has to stop emailing his children in all capital letters because it looks like he's yelling at them. Apparently, the all-caps emails were hurting his role in a custody dispute, according to UPI.

Besides emails to your kids, can all-caps emails get you in trouble at work?

Airbnb is already on thin ice in many cities, but New York City sex workers are turning these short-term rental apartments into brothels, according to a new report.

The New York Post says at least one escort service has turned to Airbnb for a "more discreet" and cost-effective alternative to hotels. The rooms are rented by each individual escort who then pays the rent with a pre-paid debit card, leaving the owners unaware of the "business" that went down in their homes.

What's up with these Airbnb rentals (allegedly) becoming hooker hot spots?

A strange and provocative taxicab interaction has landed a Louisiana lawyer with a misdemeanor battery conviction. And the cabbie who captured the incident on cell phone video is now suing the police.

Jennifer Gaubert, 33, is a New Orleans attorney and ex-host of a legal call-in radio show called "Law Out Loud." She's alleged to have filed false accusations against cab driver Hervey Farrell, claiming that he was trying to blackmail her with the video. Gaubert claimed that Farrell had recorded her sexually propositioning him and threatened to release the video unless she paid up, reports The Times-Picayune.

But prosecutors didn't buy it, and have charged Gaubert with a felony for allegedly filing false statements. What exactly was going on between Gaubert and her cabbie?

Is Ohio Bully's Public Shaming a Sign of the Times?

Many people think that bullies need to be publicly shamed, and an Ohio judge certainly felt the same way.

South Euclid, Ohio Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered Edmond Aviv, 62, to stand at an intersection while holding a sign saying that he bullied disabled children, according to Cleveland.com. Judge Williams-Byers also sentenced Aviv to 15 days in jail, seven months probation, and 100 hours of community service and counseling.

Aviv's public shaming stems from a disorderly conduct charge.

A Brooklyn man is suing Equifax over the right to use his given name: God.

God Gazarov, 26, owns a jewelry store in Brighton Beach and was outraged when the credit-reporting agency suggested that he change his name in order to obtain his proper credit history, reports the New York Post. Gazarov, a native of Russia, is named after his grandfather. His lawsuit seeks to force Equifax to accept "God" as his proper name.

Can Gazarov sue to make "God" a part of Equifax's business?

Nursing Home Stripper Lawsuit Claims Woman, 86, Was 'Shaken'

First there was a senior prostitution ring at a nursing home, now a nursing home is facing a lawsuit for a stripper show.

Bernice Youngblood, 85, a patient at East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New York, and her family are suing her nursing home for urging her to participate and view a strip show against her will, according to the Associated Press.

The rehab center said the show was requested by the resident committee.