Legally Weird - FindLaw Legal Curiosities Blog

Legally Weird - The FindLaw Legal Curiosities Blog


Hair is serious business. When schools start regulating students' hair styles, they should tread carefully or risk receiving a federal civil rights complaint.

Late last year, five-year-old Jalyn Broussard happily went to school with a new haircut. His new style was innocent enough. He had a "fade" which was short on the sides and longer on the top. According to his school, this haircut was a distraction to other students, so they sent him home.

Now, Jalyn is represented by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, a legal advocacy group. The group has just filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging racial discrimination in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act.

Have you ever claimed your tea cup chihuaha as a service animal when you don't actually have any disability? Well, don't. You could be thrown in jail.

Florida's law criminalizing false service animal claims took effect today. The problem with laws is that they usually don't make exceptions for lighthearted pranks, even when cute animals are involved.

Let's drink some beers and fire some guns. Doesn't that sounds like a great idea?

Soon, Florida gun enthusiasts may be able to drink alcohol and shoot guns all in one place!

Butt Grabbers Abound in Florida

Be careful ladies. There's a serial butt grabber out there.

The Florida International University (FIU) Police Department are on the hunt for a butt grabber who has attacked multiple women since June of last year.

Police are unsure if this is the work of one man or several men.

What's a nudist resort without a pool, and what's a pool without water?

Glyn Stout and his wife Lori Kay Stout, owners of a California nudist resort, have been arrested for stealing water from a nearby creek to supplement their water supply during the state's long standing drought. If convicted, each defendant could face up to three years in prison.

Can Your Yard Be Too Gay?

In a simmering battle in a Baltimore suburb, we may find out just how gay a yard can be.

Julie Baker received an anonymous letter warning that her yard was "becoming Relentlessly Gay." So she did what any normal American in 2015 would do: she started an online fundraising campaign and raised $26,000 to make her yard even more gay and more relentless.

Normally when a DUI suspect arrives at the local police station, it's cuffed in the back of a cruiser. Not so for Christopher L. Stewart, who showed up in the Hopkinsville Police Department parking lot behind the wheel of his own truck, albeit after entering through the exit side and nearly clipping a cop car.

Was this a contrite criminal, turning himself in? Or did a wrong turn land him right in law enforcement's lap?

It's not racism because I'm a minority too. It's not sexist because I'm a woman too. It's not a hate crime because I'm gay too?

On Cinco de Mayo, two gay men were beaten during a brawl. The victims claim it was a hate crime. The defendant claims he's gay too, so it's not a hate crime. Is being gay a defense to a gay hate crime?

What do you do when the police arrest you? Get your mom to sue!

Actress Winnifred Bonjean-Alpart, a rising star in feminist theater and star of Slut: The Play, was 17-years-old when she was arrested last August for disorderly conduct and possession of alcohol by a minor and a forged instrument (identification).

Now, she's claiming that police violated her constitutional rights, planted false evidence in her purse, and wrongfully arrested her.

Is it Illegal to Own a Fox?

Most people are dog or cat people, but some people want something a little more exotic, like a oh, we don't know, a monkey, or a parrot, or hey, how about a fox?

Is it legal to own a fox as a pet?