This week, as I was looking around for some odd news articles, I noticed a lot of the stories were in some manner related to laws that weren't neccessarily judicial laws.
The first story covers a couple of laws. The prone prowler is definitely breaking a judicial law but he didn't count on the law of gravity.
What Goes Up Must Come Down
Police in Brockton, Massachusetts said an alleged burglar was foiled when his head became stuck under a garage door for nine hours.
"Obviously the owner was surprised to find a person laying under the loading dock door and he immediately called police," Detective Lt. Paul Bonanca said. Investigators said Hernandez, who unsuccessfully tried to convince the police that he was there to repair the door. The would-be burglar had used a bed post to pry the door up about 7 or 8 inches but when trying to shimmy under it, the door fell pinning him. He remained there 9 hours until the owner showed up for work the next morning.
Hernandez, who was taken to a hospital to receive treatment for a bruise on his head, will face charges of breaking and entering and malicious damage to property, police said.
Nine hours is a long time to feel stupid.
Hot Damn, I Am In Trouble Now
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. -- Several dozen people have held a profanity laced rally to protest a Massachusetts town's bylaw allowing police to hand out $20 tickets for public swearing.
Some people shouted curse words while others carried profane posters supporting free speech at Monday's rally in the rain on the Middleborough Town Hall lawn. People who support the bylaw also showed up.
But police won't be issuing any tickets until the state attorney general determines if the bylaw making public cursing a civil offense is constitutional. The bylaw was passed overwhelmingly two weeks ago at a town meeting.
I see a huge problem heading Middleborough's way. There are going to be some people that just won't be able to afford to live there. At 20 dollars a pop there could be some bank overdrafts to say the least. Of course, it is possible that the Attorney General will just say..Hell no.
If You Repeat a Lie Often Enough...It Becomes a Great Marketing Campaign
In 1989, the State of Rhode Island passed a law that made lying online a crime. The intention was that this law would stop con artists and scammers from preying on people who wandered around the then-miniscule internet. The supposed sentencing guidelines were up to $500.00 and up to a year in jail.
However, the language was remarkably broad and outlawed any transmission of false data. It didn’t make the distinction that someone had to profit from their lies. In other words, if you lied about ANYTHING, you could be charged. If you weren't truthful about your weight on a dating site, for example, you were a law breaker.
There weren’t too many people that were charged with this crime. The last one was in 2010 and the person charged was a prison guard created a phony Facebook account under his boss’s name.
The charges were eventually dropped and the guard did lose his job, but lawmakers in Rhode Island decided it was time to change the obscure law.
This was the stupidest law EVER. People are prone to exaggerate, embellish...OK..lie through their teeth. Frankly, there just isn't that much jail space available in Rhode Island or anywhere else for that matter. Also, it could of really played havoc with campaign promises in an election year.
To the Victor Goes the Spoils and the Bad Behavior
If there were laws against being a classless jerk, there is a coach in Vancouver that would be charged with it. Luckily there are laws against purposefully hurting someone else, and he may be getting charged with assault. The matter is under investigation and charges may be filed.
Martin Tremblay, the winning teams coach, (allegedly) tripped a 13 year old player on the opposing team as the teams walked through the "after-game hand shake" line. The boy tried to catch himself but came down on his arms. Initially, reports said he sustained minor bruising but now say that he has a broken wrist.
The two youth teams were playing at the University of British Columbia campus on Saturday. After what appeared to be a intentional move on the Coach Tremblay's part, the police were called.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police took the UBC Hornets coach into custody. He was later released pending further investigation. For the coaches part he is saying he slipped on the ice.
What the Puck??? I don't see what they need to investigate. The coach acted like a bully on the playground and he is SUPPOSED to be the adult. I would hate to see how he would have acted if his team had lost. While good sportmanship isn't a mandated law, it should be an expectation... especially of the coach.