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Panty Raid Fail: Family Traps Alleged Burglar in Bathroom

A man allegedly went on a full-on panty raid in a Florida family's home, but his drawer dreams were dashed when the family cornered him in their bathroom.

Manuel Rodriguez, 21, was allegedly caught red-handed pocketing panties and other laundry items last weekend, Fort Myers' WBBH-TV reports.

So what's the price for stealing skivvies?

NYC Night Court Is a Tourist Attraction? 5 Facts for Visitors

Going to court in New York City probably isn't your idea of a good time, and yet the city's night court has become a tourist attraction in its own right.

Tourists from around the world -- some armed with travel books that list NYC's night court as a unique destination -- are transfixed as they witness the American justice system in action, The Associated Press reports.

Perhaps visitors are hoping for a "Law and Order"-type experience, but alas the Manhattan Criminal Court's nighttime docket isn't meant to be entertaining. It's a real court of law that hears and decides criminal cases. (There's also a small-claims court that's open Thursday nights, but that's not the one where all the tourists go.)

So before you plan a visit to NYC's night court, here are some facts you should know:

Toddler in Toy Car Gets $4 'Ticket' for Driving in Parking Lot

It's advised to be cautious of new drivers, but you probably wouldn't expect that a toddler cruising in her toy convertible would get a ticket.

Luckily, Za'Dariyah Mishaw's $4 ticket isn't real and was given by Jacksonville, Florida police to the toddler for fun, according to Jacksonville's WJXX-TV/WTLV-TV.

Good thing the two-year-old won't have to fight her parking ticket in court because it could really cut into her nap time schedule.

Drunk Gambler Sues Casino After Losing $500K

A gambler is suing a Las Vegas casino to recover the $500,000 he lost over Super Bowl weekend, claiming he was too drunk.

Mark Johnston, a retiree from Ventura, California, is suing the Downtown Grand for loaning him money when he was allegedly completely blacked out, The Associated Press reports.

But are his legal claims going to hit the jackpot in court? (har har)

Worst DUI Excuse Ever: Drunk Man Was Trying to 'Drive It Off'

Taking a drive to clear your head is one thing, but hitting the road drunk to "drive it off" will get you busted for a DUI.

In another embarrassing arrest story for Florida, a man named Michael Moore -- a 61-year-old from Hobe Sound, not the famous filmmaker -- was arrested on suspicion of DUI after police caught him allegedly speeding. Moore told the officer "that his wife told him that [he'd] been drinking too much, so he decided to go out and 'drive it off,'" according to an arrest report obtained by

If convicted, will Moore's "drive it off" excuse affect his sentencing?