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Legally Weird - The FindLaw Legal Curiosities Blog


A "banana gun" was cause of a Colorado felony arrest for allegedly pointing the intimidating fruit at officers.

Nathen Rolf Channing, 27, was arrested for felony menacing near Grand Junction, Colorado, for allegedly drawing and pointing a banana at officers "in the same manner someone would draw a standard handgun from a concealed holster," reports Denver's KUSA. Channing claims that he was simply joking, but the cops didn't seem amused.

Can pointing a "banana gun" get you slapped with a felony?

Despite the conspicuous absence of any meddling kids, a Pennsylvania man failed to get away with allegedly breaking into a school to smoke synthetic marijuana "Scooby Snax."

Police in Lower Southampton, outside of Philadelphia, noticed a bike resting against the front door of the Tawanka Learning Center early Monday morning, reports the Bucks County Courier Times. When police investigated, they spotted 35-year-old John Paul Sabara lying on the floor inside the school.

When police tried to wake Sabara, he reportedly began to growl and make strange noises while "acting in an aggressive manner." Ruh roh.

An Iowa woman is facing drug charges after police helped her regain entry into her locked apartment and allegedly found a miniature marijuana operation inside.

Jailin A. Turner, 19, was charged possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to affix drug tax stamp, and disorderly house. That last charge is likely due to allegations that when police arrived at Turner's house early Friday morning she was "yelling and kicking the window," reports the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

How did a lock-out turn into a drug bust?

An Oregon couple having sex in a car parked outside a city jail were themselves taken to jail after their vehicular tryst caused traffic to back up.

Kelli Knutson, 24, and Logan Jackson, 33, had been at a local strip club in Springfield, Oregon, reports KVAL-TV. When the couple left the club and walked back to their car, they say they got "caught up in the moment," according to police.

Knutson and Jackson apparently weren't the only ones enjoying the moment.

Three grandmas have gotten millions of views on YouTube by purportedly smoking weed for the first time.

Produced by Cut Video, an offshoot of the Seattle-based creative team Super Frog Saves Tokyo, the viral video features three grandmothers taking bong hits and vaping, in addition to playing Cards Against Humanity and being hilarious.

While we found the whole thing to be comic gold, we definitely had some concerns about whether the whole thing was legal.

A Florida woman has filed a lawsuit against the Miami Beach Police Department after she was arrested wearing only a loose robe that kept coming off, allegedly exposing her naked body to officers.

Police were called to a Miami Beach apartment building after a cab driver called to report that a woman had gone inside to get money to pay for her cab fare but never returned, reports Miami's WTVJ. The woman, Candice Padavick, was arrested for petit theft, along with battery on a law enforcement officer, and resisting arrest after officers said she became combative.

The charges against Padavick were later dropped -- but not before she was subjected to humiliation and unnecessarily harsh treatment from officers, Padavick claims in a lawsuit against the department.

Charles Manson, who was responsible for organizing a mass murder in the late 1960s, is getting legally married behind bars.

The now 80-year-old killer obtained a marriage license on November 7 to marry his 26-year-old girlfriend Afton Elaine Burton. The bride-to-be told The Associated Press that they would "be married next month," although the license technically allows them to get married anytime within 90 days after its issue.

So Charlie Manson's getting married, while still in prison, after being responsible for several murders.

Huh?

Known as "Philly Jesus" for his Christ-like clothing, beard, and long hair, Michael Grant has become a fixture in Philadelphia's LOVE Park, site of the famous "LOVE" sculpture.

Alas, Philadelphia police apparently weren't feeling the love for Philly Jesus. Grant was arrested Friday while ice skating at the park's new rink, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. Grant was charged with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse.

Pray tell, what led to Grant's arrest?

A man arrested for attempting to bring more than 3 pounds of marijuana aboard a flight at San Francisco International Airport claimed the marijuana was for his personal use.

But that's not even the strange part, reports San Francisco's KPIX-TV. Enrico Esguerra, 36, told police that he was a voracious consumer of marijuana by eating it, rather than smoking it. Esguerra, who had a California medical marijuana card with him when he was arrested, said that his doctor had recommended he have 15 pounds of marijuana with him to satiate his appetite.

What did a jury think of Esguerra's pot-eating explanation?

A Florida man proved to himself (and all of us) that you can fit a chainsaw in your pants, but you might have to deal with a theft charge.

Police arrested Anthony Ballard, 28, on suspicion of shoplifting a chainsaw from the Treasure Coast Lawn Equipment store in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Despite all those sharp metal bits near his nethers, Ballard allegedly made it out of the store and dumped the power tool in a wooded lot before escaping. But as reported by TCPalm, police have some interesting surveillance video in their possession.

What happened after this feat of chainsaw pocketing, and what does Ballard face in court?