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A napping toddler was discovered in a shopping cart in the Walmart on Liberty Highway in Anderson, South Carolina at around 8:30 in the morning last Thursday. The only problem? The child's parents were nowhere to be found.

According to the Independent Mail, however, police who responded to the scene did notice a woman lurking around, who attempted to walk away as officers approached her. The woman turned out to be Ashley Spivey, the young boy's mother, who was quickly arrested and charged with child neglect.

A married couple in Ohio got their own surprise when both the husband and wife were cited for misdemeanors by police after their gruesome, bad joke was taken too seriously by their Facebook friends. The pair thought it would be funny to stage a murder scene in their bathtub using ketchup, then post pictures of it online. The police were able to quickly catch up to them, and failed to see the humor.

What's worse is that rather than putting a disclaimer, or note, indicating that it was a garden variety joke, the husband was assuming responsibility, proudly. When law enforcement started receiving hysterical calls about the incident, officers arrived at the couple's home, discovering the not-so-clever ruse.

If you haven't been following the saga of the Prenda Law porn copyright trolling extortion scheme, the following might be a bit a shocking. For those of you that have been following the utterly unbelievable story, it just got better. This week, one of the principals in the scheme just plead guilty.

For those who don't know: Lawyers at the law firm Prenda Law were accused of making pornography in order to have that pornography "illegally" distributed online so that they (the lawyers) could sue (or shakedown, or extort, or blackmail, settlements from) the pornography downloaders. The sheer outlandishness, and brazen flaunting of the law, makes it even that much more shocking that the allegations have been substantiated by the guilty plea.

In a tale that quickly goes from weird to sad, a Las Vegas man was arrested after allegedly attempting to murder a sleeping homeless mannequin with a ball-peen hammer. He is currently only charged with carrying a concealed weapon, but his bail of $50,000 (ten times the normal bail for this charge) is telling.

After two homeless men were murdered while sleeping on the sidewalks under similar circumstances within the last month near the same area, Las Vegas police decided to attempt a mannequin challenge with a different focus: catching a murderer.

Conducting science experiments at home is a dying practice among Americans young and old. Over the past few decades, at-home science kits have faced increasing scrutiny and regulation as a result of incidents involving homemade drugs and explosives.

While at-home science kits still exist, they frequently lack many of the most basic chemicals that interested individuals actually need to conduct experiments. This is due not only to the manufacturer's fear of legal liability over individuals using the chemicals to make explosives or cause others harm, but also as a result of laws prohibiting the distribution of certain chemicals and lab equipment.

If you are considering doing some science at home, then you may want to think twice and check your state's laws before getting started. Law enforcement is not kidding around when it comes to this stuff, and have even arrested children for doing science.

Although parents should teach their kids how to drive, one mother was arrested for starting way too soon. Kwanique Glenn, 25, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, would have gotten away with it too, if only it weren't for that pesky thing called social media.

Back in October 2016, when Glenn arrived at the bus stop to pick up her son, she decided to let her 7-year-old boy take the wheel and drive them home. When police discovered what had occurred, thanks to Officer Social Media, Glenn was taken into custody for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and allowing an unauthorized person to drive. As of last week, Glenn pled no contest to the charges and was convicted and sentenced to a year of probation.

We've all seen the creative ways that expectant parents reveal the sex of their baby. Countless parents have cut into pink and blue cakes, popped colorful confetti filled balloons, and even made ridiculous videos that only their families can really enjoy. However, one soon to be dad went a bit too far and is now facing criminal charges as a result of the booming reveal.

Jon Sterkel, of Nebraska, made a binary explosive, also known as an explosive target, mixed with blue chalk. Then, to reveal the sex of his and his wife's soon to be born baby boy, he fired a bullet at the explosive, setting off a large explosive with a cloud of blue smoke. When the explosion rocked the area much harder than expected, authorities started getting calls from concerned townsfolk three miles away who thought a home or car exploded.

A driver in New Hampshire is making headlines for her less than stellar decision that ended up getting her arrested. While the snow was coming down, the roadways were covered in snow and slush, and after police had issued a speed warning, Ms. Speed Racer, reportedly, was late to a car stereo installation appointment and decided to floor it.

The 21 year old was clocked at 91 mph in her 2008 Saturn Astra (which is a car brand that General Motors no longer makes, in case you were wondering). The driver is being charged with reckless driving and could face a $1,000 fine and a 60 day license suspension if found guilty.

A Louisiana man is facing criminal charges, likely due to technical difficulties related to text messaging. Namely, accidentally texting incriminating evidence directly to the police.

Last week, a sheriff's deputy received a text message from a wrong number offering to sell crystal meth. The deputy arranged a meet up with Dwayne Herbert, who arrived at the predetermined location carrying not just the drugs, but also two firearms. Herbert was promptly arrested, and now faces serious criminal charges for selling drugs and possession of firearms.

Parents beware! Your fingerprints may no longer be secure against hackers. No, hackers haven't discovered some new fangled technology to lift your fingerprints over the telephone. The danger is right under the noses of parents, and when parents nap, the newest generation of hackers are getting a head start on disrupting household economics.

Well, maybe this was an isolated incident, but one six year old, in Little Rock, Arkansas, this past holiday season, disrupted the whole one-touch fingerprint security industry during mommy's naptime. While her mother napped on the couch, the young hacker opened the Amazon app on her mother's device, gently used her napping mother's hand to get the fingerprint to bypass the password authorization, and then went on a Pokemon shopping spree. The child made 13 purchases, racking up a modest grand total of about $250. Fortunately for the girl's parents, she had modest desires, as only a few of the items were returnable after being ordered.