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Crime Stoppers Exec Eats Evidence, Gets Jail Time

The director of a Florida Crime Stoppers program in Miami is heading to jail for eating evidence. Yeah, eating evidence. And it wasn't a weed brownie.

Richard Masten, the executive director of Miami-Dade's Crime Stoppers hotline, swallowed a piece of paper containing important information in protest of a court order.

So why was he sentenced to jail?

Burning Man Settlement Fleshed Out, but Judge Won't Sign Off

The organizers of Burning Man and the Nevada county where the festival is held have settled a lawsuit over regulating the annual event.

The deal comes a year after Black Rock City LLC ("BRC"), the organization behind the self-expressive desert festival, sued Pershing County for proposing an "obscenity" ordinance to combat nudity at the festival.

Oddly enough, the two parties are in agreement but the presiding judge is refusing to approve the settlement. Why won't he join the legal love-fest?

Judge in 'Baby Messiah' Case Faces Disciplinary Charges

As we predicted would happen, baby "Messiah" got to keep his birth-given name after all. What we didn't predict are the disciplinary charges the judge is now facing.

In August, Tennessee Child Support Magistrate Lu Ann Ballew ordered a baby's name changed from "Messiah" to "Martin," saying the former was reserved for the original JC (as in Jesus Christ). Ultimately, another judge deemed Ballew's ruling unconstitutional and restored the child's name to Messiah. (Hallelujah!)

Now Ballew is facing formal disciplinary charges for expressing an inappropriate religious bias.

'Joking Judge' Can't Do Comedy, N.J. Supreme Court Rules

Vince Sicari, popularly dubbed the "joking judge" in New Jersey, wound up being the butt of his own jokes.

Sicari, a part-time municipal judge, moonlights as a comedian and actor. But New Jersey's Supreme Court isn't laughing.

In a (humorless) 7-0 opinion, the state's highest court unanimously ordered the joking judge to either quit his side gig or step down from the bench.

Dad Wears Nazi Uniform for Child Custody Court Hearing

Fit for a Tarantino film, a Nazi dad in the middle of a child custody battle donned a Nazi uniform in court.

The dad, Heath Campbell, "suited up" in a New Jersey courthouse to petition a family court judge to allow him to see his youngest son, reports Philadelphia's WCAU-TV.

The father claims he lost custody of three older children because he gave them Nazi-inspired names. But the state says there was previous violence in the home.

Word on the street says that courts nationwide are turning to Urban Dictionary to fill the gaps in their knowledge of slang, leaving some of us to wonder: Is Urban Dictionary a real thing now?

If actual adult judges -- the professional ones charged with interpreting the laws that govern our society -- are treating this website like it's Webster's, then maybe it is a real deal.

New Twist in Rastafarian's Religious Pot Case: Where Is He?

Dude, where's my defendant?

A Rastafarian pot enthusiast has pulled the "religion" card in his defense. But when his case came up in court this week, he was nowhere to be found.

Robert Joseph Simmons, 33, believes he doesn't need to worry about a thing -- not because every little thing is gonna be alright, but because he claims marijuana is a "core tenet" of his religion. Simmons appears to take his religious practice very seriously, because he was busted with more than two and half pounds of pot and 13 pills of hydromorphine, The San Francisco Examiner reports.

But where is Simmons now? And is it possible to legally smoke Mary Jane in the name of religion?

Victim's Prosthetic Eye Pops Out, Prompts Mistrial

A prosthetic eye popped out as a victim testified from the witness stand, prompting a Philadelphia judge to declare a mistrial.

John Huttick wept in the witness box as he recounted an early morning fight outside a tavern in 2011. The 48-year-old told jurors he tried to intervene in a fight and was punched by 23-year-old Matthew Brunelli, costing him his left eye.

But in mid-testimony, Huttick's prosthetic eye literally popped out of its socket, causing jurors to gasp and rise as if to get away from the gruesome sight, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Middle Finger to Judge Gets Fla. Woman 30 Days in Jail

Penelope Soto may have been blowing off steam when she gave a judge the middle finger, but he didn't take it kindly. In response to her disrespect, the judge put her in jail for 30 days on a contempt charge.

Soto was arrested for drug possession when she was allegedly found with Xanax in Florida. On Monday, she had a hearing with Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat.

The hearing was only intended to determine the appropriate bail. But one thing led to another, and now Soto is going to spend time behind bars before her case is even heard.

Specs Appeal: Murder Defendant's Glasses Scrutinized at Trial

In a surprising twist, a defendant's glasses became the focus of a murder trial when the prosecutor accused him of pulling a Clark Kent move on witnesses.

Donnell Harris wore glasses to his trial for second-degree murder and prosecutors took note of his change in appearance. They weren't impressed with his intellectual look but instead realized that Harris doesn't normally wear glasses, a fact they mentioned to the judge.

But when the judge issued a jury instruction that referenced the glasses, Harris's attorney felt it had gone too far. Too bad the appellate court didn't agree with him.