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Man Gets DUI for Riding a Horse on a Freeway

Everyone knows that you can get arrested for driving a car under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. But, even though DUI stands for "driving under the influence," you can actually get a DUI for "driving" things other than cars as well. For example, the police recently arrested a man for a DUI because he was riding his horse on a Southern California freeway.

The man was arrested after failing a field sobriety test, and had a blood-alcohol level of more than double the legal limit in California, according to CHP. Interestingly enough, this isn't the first time a person has been arrested for a DUI while riding a horse.

Psychic Pleads Guilty to Scamming People

Psychics are supposed to know what's coming, that's why people go to them, after all. But it seems that one psychic in Maryland didn't see her arrest coming. Gina Marie Marks, who used the name Natalie Miller when conducting business, was arrested at Miami International Airport and has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of felony theft. She now faces up to 6 years in prison for scamming $340,000 out of her clients.

Landlord Caught on Camera Drinking Tenant's Liquor

Here's something that would have you questioning your roommate: coming home to find that your alcohol bottles are drained and finding puddles of urine on the floor. This is exactly what happened to a couple living in an apartment in Half Moon Bay. For months, Paul Arihara and Leina Sarafina would notice their alcohol bottles getting lower and would smell urine. At first, Arihara blamed Sarafina for secretly drinking the liquor and her dogs for the smell of urine. But, after her denials, the couple decided to set up cameras to record their apartment while they weren't home.

Colorado legalized it, to a degree. It might be legal to consume marijuana and even grow a little of your own. Trading four pounds of "homegrown black market" weed for a sheriff's SUV on Craigslist?

Not so much.

A delivered package mysteriously going missing from your doorstep is a real problem. CNBC reports that 10 percent of us will be victims of package theft, which will only increase during the holiday season. And while we could take precautionary measures like having packages delivered to our workplaces or requiring signatures for delivery, where's the fun in that?

Instead, let's rig an empty box with some fishing wire and a 12-gauge shotgun blank that goes off when someone tries to steal the box.

There are all kinds of scams out there: the omnipresent grandparent scam; the finger-painting scam, so popular in the posh kindergartens these days; and, of course, the fake baby funeral scam.

And there's the classic, shoot yourself and your significant other in a faked home invasion to get settlement money from the property manager scam; an oldie, but a goodie.

Tommy Ray McAdoo wanted one thing when he walked into a Nevada bank last November brandishing a steak knife: a prison sentence. Homeless, "freezing and scared" according to his public defender, and suffering from heart kidney disease, McAdoo didn't want to spend more time on the Reno streets.

With a criminal history stretching back to 1964, the 77-year-old had done several stints in jail and wanted to return to "a world he's familiar with." But even more odd than McAdoo wanting to be re-incarcerated is a federal judge obliging him.

When we first heard about the saga of Bud, gray parrot that may have been repeating the last words of his murdered owner, we were skeptical about whether his "testimony" would be admissible in court. Those words -- "Don't f***ing shoot" -- might "come in under Michigan's 'excited utterance' exception or 'statement under belief of impending death' exception," we wrote, but the parrot's evidence would probably be inadmissible in a criminal trial.

But Bud's assertions must have had some effect, as Glenna Duram, wife of murder victim and parrot owner Martin Duram, has been convicted of first-degree murder in the case.

In a story that's too strange to not be true, one South Carolina inmate escaped from prison with a little help from a drone. Fortunately, the inmate is back behind bars, but authorities found him, literally asleep in a Texas motel, with nearly $50,000 in cash, along with a couple guns, and multiple cell phones, just a few days after his escape.

Jimmy Causey, who was sentenced to life for kidnapping, allegedly received wire cutters and a cell phone from a drone. Then, around 8 p.m. on the fourth of July, Causey used the wire cutters to get through four fences and escape. He was not noticed as missing until the next afternoon as it is reported that he made a dummy that he left in his bed so that he would still be counted.

A Colombian judge, Miguel Horacio Gomez Achicue, was arrested at Miami International Airport earlier this month and later arraigned on charges relating to the shipment of gun parts from the U.S. to his home country. Gomez Achicue is accused of sending parts of an AR-15, a civilian version of the military's M-16, from Pembroke Pines, Florida to Cali, Colombia in violation of federal customs laws.

The criminal complaint alleges the firearm parts "were concealed in the package, which also contained clothing and shoes," but not concealed enough, apparently.