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Why spend years and years of your life going through college, medical school, and residency when you could just steal a white coat and impersonate a doctor instead?

A repeat impersonator, Terrance King, of Texas, allegedly dressed up as a doctor at Dallas' Children's Medical Center. His escaped included a stolen ambulance, a police chase, and an ignominious end crashing into a BMW.

The Internet is always watching, so criminals beware.

Last Sunday, a young Alabama boy showed up at a local Walmart to claim a prize for taking the training wheels off of his bike. While the boy and his father were in the store, a man in a Detroit Tigers baseball cap and white T-shirt was caught on surveillance video stealing the bike from the store's parking lot.

What did the police do?

Don't forget that men can be victims of domestic violence as well.

Danielle Nebelung, of Macomb County, Michigan, has pleaded no contest to assaulting her boyfriend, Anthony Caruso, after biting off his ear during an argument.

Nebelung will face no jail time, but must attend anger management classes. How did she get such a lenient sentence?

Sometimes, you have to look out for number 1.

While some reports call her a snitch, Enrica Cotellessa-Pitz avoided prison by helping prosecutors go after five conspirators in the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. However, this doesn't mean she gets off scott free. Cotellessa-Pitz must serve 250 hours of community service, has forfeited all her assets, and was ordered to forfeit a symbolic $97.3 billion is restitution.

That's $97.3 billion with a "B." She's a secretary.

A serial bride got cold feet at her court hearing and now has two rings around her wrists instead of one on her finger.

New Yorker Liana Barrientos has been accused of marrying 10 men in 11 years. When authorities caught on to her 10th marriage, Barrientos was charged with felony filing a fraudulent marriage license application. Having pled not guilty, Barrientos was required to show up to court earlier this week for a hearing. When she never showed, the judge issued a warrant for her arrest.

Barrientos has turned herself in to the court, and, despite her written apology, the judge has thrown her in jail.

Chill dude. It's just kombucha.

One time teen star, Andrew Keegan was busted recently for selling kombucha without a license. In a 007 style sting operation, undercover Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) officers caught the group selling kombucha at a fundraiser for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Keegan claims that kombucha is an essential part of his self founded religion called Full Circle, but unconvinced ABC officers gave the religious group a misdemeanor citation for selling alcohol without a license.

Life lesson of the week: "No good deed goes unpunished." - Wicked

In Georgia, Michael Hammons, hero to animal lovers, saved a dog from a hot car, and was awarded with a pair of handcuffs. This debacle all started when Hammons and a group of shoppers noticed a dog left inside a Mustang convertible on a hot day. While other shoppers called police, Hammons, an Army veteran, jumped into action. He used his wife's wheelchair leg to smash the window and save the dog.


If thieves were smart, they wouldn't have needed to be thieves in the first place. Some try to steal honey from a hive of angry bees. Other grown men steal from innocent, defenseless little Girl Scouts. This story is just one more piece of evidence that proves that some criminals are idiots.

Three hungry burglars were arrested recently after police followed a trail of macaroni salad leading from the scene of the crime to the mens' hiding place.

The nation recoiled in horror when an Oregon teacher was arrested for tattooing "I (heart) Mom" on students in his science class using a Tesla coil. Sam Dufner faced felony charges and the rage of parents everywhere.

Until, that is, the students themselves made it clear they volunteered for the electric branding and everyone was "laughing when they went up there," according to Cheyenne Ward, a student in the class. The charges against Dufner have since been dropped, so we can all go back to loving our moms and learning science, maybe even at the same time.

Just five days after a Nebraska woman filed a federal lawsuit against all homosexuals, the case was emphatically dismissed by the court: "This Court is not the place to seek opinions regarding theological matters; this particular forum is closed and the case will be dismissed."

Sylvia Driskell had filed the handwritten complaint as an "Ambassador for Plaintiffs God, and His, Son, Jesus Christ," asking "To be heard in the matter of homosexuality. Is Homosexuality a sin, or not a sin." Unfortunately for Driskell, her filing lacked just about every requirement of a federal lawsuit.

You're walking down the beach, hand in hand with the love of your life, staring into each other's eyes, and leaning in for a kiss. Next thing you know, you're doing the sideways tango. On the beach. In broad daylight. Surrounded by people.

Hold it.

A Florida couple got carried away, or just didn't care, when they were caught having sex on the beach by bystanders. Scandalized witnesses recorded the encounter and called police. The youngest witness, a 3-year-old girl, wanted her grandmother to explain what the couple were doing. Luckily, grandma easily distracted the child with seashells.

This case, known locally as the "Sex on the Beach" case, was so scandalous it attracted the attention of the state attorney

Any self-respecting beer geek will tell you: Blue Moon is not craft beer. Blue Moon's parent company, MillerCoors, would like to tell you different. Now a San Diego home brewer and hero is suing MillerCoors to stop them from marketing Blue Moon as a craft beer.

As Evan Parent told San Diego's NBC7, "What this case is really about is people think they're buying craft beer and they're actually buying crafty marketing."

A man is suing a South Florida hospital after his leg was discovered in the garbage. Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables apparently threw John Timiriasieff's amputated limb into the garbage, complete with tags indicating it belonged to the former patient.

Timiriasieff is suing the hospital for negligent infliction of emotional distress -- let's take a look at his claim.

"Black Ink Crew" is a VH1 show about a tattoo parlor and the tattoo artists working there. The show's website describes the show as a "docu-series [that] follows the lives of Ceaser, Dutchess, Sassy, Puma, and O' S--t." Well, they're probably all having an O' S--t moment now.

They're being sued by Loni Tate, a repeat customer, whose rose tattoo turned into a festering infection more reminiscent of fungus than flowers.

You can see the infection here at your own risk. Seriously, it'll put you off even drawing on your arm with a marker.