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Top 10 Legal Grounds Stories of 2014

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By Daniel Taylor, Esq. on December 29, 2014 8:52 AM

Many legal news stories deal with gravely serious, important issues. Not all of them, though.

This year certainly had its fair share of crudely humorous, laughably oddball, and head-scratching legal stories, from massively popular naked bike rides to significantly less popular farting cops. There were also quite a few unorthodox legal questions that needed answering this year.

For the best of both, here are the 10 most popular Legal Grounds blog posts of 2014:

  1. Texas Cop Arrested After Farting in Another Cop's Face -- An escalating battle between two Texas police officers ended with one of the officers arrested for assault with a smelly weapon.
  2. NYC Night Court Is a Tourist Attraction? 5 Facts for Visitors -- The Manhattan Criminal Court's nighttime docket, made famous by the television show "Night Court," continues to be a tourist attraction more than 20 years after the show was cancelled.
  3. Nudist Resort's 'Bare Beach Beer Bash': Potential Legal Issues -- A Pennsylvania clothes-free resort hosted its third "Bare Beach Beer Bash" earlier this year despite the possibility that guests could be cited under Pennsylvania's indecent exposure laws.
  4. Is It Legal to Drive Topless? -- Also at risk for indecent exposure charges in some states are women who decide to drive topless. In most states, indecent exposure laws are only concerned with exposed genitals. But in some states, such as Utah, an exposed breast in public may also be against the law.
  5. Legal to Drive Without Pants? -- No less risky is driving without pants, although an unscientific survey of naked driver stories found that the drivers are usually arrested for something other than just being pantless.
  6. Are 'Naked Bike Rides' Legal? -- Is it just us or is there a theme forming here? Naked bike rides are becoming popular in many cities, even in those cities where biking naked may be sufficient for an indecent exposure arrest.
  7. 5 Animals You Can't Keep as Pets (With Some Exceptions) -- Although it may shatter your childhood dream of maintaining your own exotic menagerie, the reality is that animals such as alligators and deer are illegal to keep as pets in many states.
  8. 'Simpsons' Marathon: 10 Greatest Legal Moments -- This year saw cable network FXX air every episode of animated comedy show "The Simpsons" back-to-back. We broke down the 10 greatest legal moments from the show's decades-long run.
  9. Why No Charges for Fake TSA Agent Who Gave Women Pat-Downs? -- A man who posed as a TSA agent at San Francisco International Airport to give women pat-downs was not charged with a crime after investigators were unable to track down the man's alleged victims.
  10. Toddler in Toy Car Gets $4 'Ticket' for Driving in Parking Lot -- A 2-year-old girl was issued a traffic ticket by police in Jacksonville, Florida, while cruising her toy convertible in the parking lot of her family's complex. Fortunately, the "ticket," like the car, wasn't actually the real deal.

That's it for this year's top honors, but stay tuned: 2015 is bound to have plenty of its own humorous legal news.

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