Three Lawyers Found This Client to Be a Pain in the Neck

Josh Monson was facing trial for murder and drug charges in 2011 in Everett, Washington. Apparently unsatisfied with his defense attorney, Monson stabbed him in the neck with a pencil. That lawyer was excused from the case, and a second one was assigned. Three days later, Monson stabbed his second attorney with a pencil. This... Continue Reading →

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How “Herbie Goes Bananas” Led to a Radioactive Disaster

Herbie Goes Bananas, the 1980 film about a Volkswagen Beetle that is seemingly alive, is widely regarded as the worst of the Herbie movies. Some might even call it a disaster. Few could have guessed, however, that it would play a part in one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. When the private radiotherapy... Continue Reading →

Some People Just Aren’t Good With Animals

Benjamin Herman Siegel of southern Florida was arrested in January, 2015 and charged with battery and cruelty to animals after allegedly striking employees with a bearded dragon and putting the bearded dragon in his mouth. According to police reports, Seigel was videotaped throwing the animal in the air multiple times before hitting employees more than... Continue Reading →

Never Argue With a Judge — Even When He Calls Himself an Idiot

When Tristan Ellis, a notorious burglar, showed up in front of Australian Judge Dean Mildren on March 29, 2004, it was the third time that year he had been arrested. The judge was amazed that Ellis had been released on bail for the third time in a year, even after flagrantly ignoring a court-imposed curfew.... Continue Reading →

Cleaning Up in Real Estate — the Con Man’s Way

Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava (1912-2009), also known as "Natwarlal," was a noted Indian con man who repeatedly sold the Taj Mahal; the Red Fort; the Indian presidential residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan; and the Parliament House of India along with its 545 sitting members. Wanted in over 100 cases at the time of his death, he had been... Continue Reading →

Perhaps They Will Find That Part About “Thou Shall Not Steal”

The most shoplifted book in the United States is the Bible. Nationwide, bookstores net about $16 billion in sales every year, according to the American Booksellers Association. Stores estimated that they lose anywhere from 1 percent to 5 percent to theft, some hundreds of millions a year, and much of it during the frenzied activity... Continue Reading →

The Jury Has Deliberated… And Deliberated… And Deliberated….

The longest U.S. jury deliberation in a civil lawsuit took place in a 1992 California trial in which a woman and her son sued the City of Long Beach for preventing the opening of a chain of residential homes for Alzheimer's patients. The case had a long tail, taking eleven years to get to trial. The... Continue Reading →

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