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Posted 1 year ago in Crime News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd  
Oakland, Calif., Offers Classes for Up-and-Coming Burglars

Among the helpful civic classes the city government in Oakland, Calif., set up earlier this year for its residents was one on how to pick locks (supposedly to assist people who had accidentally locked themselves out of their homes), and lock-picking kits were even offered for sale after class. Some residents were aghast, as the city had seen burglaries increase by 40 percent in 2012. Asked one complainer, “What’s next? The fundamentals of armed robbery?” (In February, Mayor Jean Quan …

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Craaazy Reasons for Divorce [Infographic]

Lawyers.com recently reported on the rather unusually difficult divorces of Deion Sanders and Kim Kardashian. But you don’t have to a celebrity athlete or even “famous for being famous” to have a strange divorce. The infographic below provided by totaldivorce.com also shows that unusual divorces occur the world over. For example, some wives might feel they should only be so lucky — but one woman in Germany divorced her husband, claiming he cleaned too much! Read through to the bottom …

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Posted 2 years ago in Crime Frauds & Scams News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd  
Sentencing Break for Passing $500M bill

You’ve heard about the loopy idea to pay down the national debt with a trillion-dollar coin. How about a half-billion dollar bill? Cleland Ayison, 32, got a sentencing break in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in December when federal judge William Dimitrouleas pitied him. Ayison got only house arrest and community service because his crime — trying to pass a novelty U.S. Federal Reserve note with a face value of $500 million — was so “silly.” [Jersey Journal, 12-18-2012] [South Florida Sun-Sentinel, …

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Posted 2 years ago in Criminal Law News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd  
Man Robs Bank When He Finds No Money in His Account

LEGAL NEWS OF THE WEIRD — In November, Jacory Walker, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery in Waxahachie, Texas, and was sentenced to 37 months in prison. He had made the mistake of asking a teller at the 1st Convenience Bank to access his account (giving the teller his Social Security number), and only then, when realizing he had no money left, deciding to rob the place.      

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Court Says Bribes Are OK as Long as They’re Small

LEGAL NEWS OF THE WEIRD — In October, a federal appeals court overturned the bribery conviction of a City of Chicago zoning inspector — on the grounds that the bribes he was convicted of taking were too small to be covered by federal law. Dominick Owens, 46, was convicted of taking two bribes of $600 each to issue certificates of occupancy, but the law applies only to bribes of $5,000 or more. (Also in October, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel disbanded …

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