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January 2012 Archives

Political questions dominate this week's T.G.I.FindLaw! These questions aren't as pressing as those faced by presidential candidates, but they do bring up some legal curiosities:

1. What happened to John Kerry's face?

Hockey happened. And he probably can't sue.

Thai Man Weds Dead Girlfriend

A Thai man married his dead girlfriend in an act that is simultaneously morbid and sweet. Chadil Deffy, also known as Deff Yingyuen, wed his recently deceased bride Sarinya “Anne” Kamsook in a ceremony in the Surin province.

The couple had been together for a decade before a tragic accident claimed Kamsook’s life.

They had planned to get married. Yingyuen wanted to focus on his studies before setting a date, reports the Huffington Post.

T.G.I.FindLaw! Drugs Can Make You Stupid

We all know drugs are bad, but did you know they can make you do stupid things?

Real stupid things, in fact. We're talking eating fecal-covered cocaine stupid. And cooking meth in Walmart stupid. Simply put -- things that no human should ever do.

In case you couldn't tell, this edition of T.G.I.FindLaw! is all about the week's most outlandish drug-related news.

A tip of the hat to comedian Stephen Colbert's Super PAC, which is reportedly buying airtime for commercials ahead of South Carolina's GOP primary, the Palmetto Public Record blog reports.

Colbert, legally, can no longer have anything to do with that, or else he'll get a wag of the finger -- and perhaps a hefty fine.

The host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" announced on his show last night that he's forming an exploratory committee for a possible run "for President of the United States of South Carolina." It's Colbert's home state, where a recent poll showed him with 5% of GOP voter support -- ahead of candidate Jon Huntsman's 4%.

T.G.I.FindLaw! What Were Your New Year's Resolutions?

It's already mid-January. You know what that means: you've probably already broken your New Year's resolutions.

Why is it that every year we set out to better ourselves -- but every year we fail? Maybe there's truth to the old saying that old habits die hard.

This week's edition of T.G.I.FindLaw! focuses on some colorful characters that either clearly broke their resolutions -- or got into trouble for trying them out.

Man Breaks Into Home to Cuddle

Cuddles? Cuddle-cakes? Cuddle-bear? Cuddle-muffin? Cuddle-bunny? What do you call a man who breaks into his ex-girlfriend's home to cuddle with her? Well, and probably to have sex with her.

Police in Orange County arrested Augustin Sanchez early Sunday morning after receiving an urgent call from his ex-girlfriend.

She slept through the first part of the cuddle-assault, but woke up when Sanchez -- still in bed -- tried to remove her underwear.

Yeah, dude's a real cuddle-monster.

Court Bans Man From Owning a Dog After Puppy Got Drunk

Doggie alcoholism -- it's a problem. In fact, it's such a major concern in the U.K. that a British court has barred a man from owning a dog for 3 years.

Prosecutors hauled Matthew Cox in front of a judge this week on charges of failing to ensure animal welfare. Police found Max, his Labrador puppy, stumbling around town on August 22.

He had drunk a vodka-heavy Coke.

Driver Strapped Skeleton in Passenger Seat to Use HOV Lane

Some men turn to blow up dolls, and others turn to plastic skeletons. It's all about personal preference.

Or what better fits in their passenger seat.

Which may explain why Bryan Stime chose a skeleton for his passenger seat when devising a plan to circumvent the rules of the road. The skeleton -- dressed in a hooded sweatshirt and holding a tin of cookies -- was given the role of Stime's HOV lane "plus one."

New Year's revelers (of varying degrees of sobriety) provide ample fodder for this week's edition of T.G.I.FindLaw! So while you may have already recovered from your New Year's hangover, for these folks the legal headaches are just beginning...

Lounge-party lawsuit

Bouncers at a Miami nightclub may have messed with the wrong patron. Clubgoer Alex Rubin, who's also an attorney, claims he and 11 friends were blocked from entering a New Year's bash -- despite having paid $60 apiece for tickets.

When Rubin's posse arrived at the Louis Bar-Lounge after 1 a.m., bouncers allegedly told them the party had ended. But Rubin's keen clubbing senses picked up pulsating music inside the lounge.