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Juror Found Guilty of "Friending" Defendant on Facebook

Call the court system old and stodgy all you want, but they do tend to frown upon jurors interacting with the defendants, much less friending them on Facebook. Here’s what a young juror in Texas [...]

Relic of the Old West

How much do you know about barbed wire? The very idea of barbed wire fences has a fascinating history. Railroads and farmers put up fences, and ranchers, who were used to open spaces to drive their cattle, tore them down. Manufacturers were making lots of money selling barbed wire, and each had a different barb [...]

Courts Fine Troll Lawyers for Filing Phony Lawsuits

Real life “trolling” has taken the form of corporations who file many patents on products that they don’t actually produce in an effort to file patent lawsuits against others in hopes of getting large out of court settlements. In this case however justice came down on the right side by fining the phony company and [...]

Crazy Hilly Basketball Court

Brilliant! This court in Munich would be an amazing place to play basketball. Or better yet, to watch NBA professionals try to do so. Here’s how it’s designed: A regulation-sized basketball court was erected on the grove-like forecourt of the school building of the occupational school. The court consists of a soft orange-red tartan covering and [...]

You Have the Right to Know the Story Behind the Miranda Warning

Even if you’ve never had your own brush with the law, you no doubt know the Miranda warning. Somehow, maybe through the mass quantity Law and Order and CSI-type shows, those words have seeped into our brains: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a [...]

Shady UK Oil Director Dresses in Drag to Avoid Media

That dashing lady above is Martyn Crute, a UK Oil and Gas Ltd. director who was charged with trading for 15 months without being registered to gas safety body Corgi. In a massive fail at attempting to leave court unnoticed by photographers, Crute dressed as a woman, disguised in a long, curly wig and heels. [...]

A Basketball Court Inside a Mountain

Disneyland’s Matterhorn is best known for its bobsled-like roller coaster that twists down the giant peak. But you might not know that deep inside the 147-ft. mountain lurks a basketball court. How did Disneyland become a place where your hoop dreams could come true? After construction of the Matterhorn was completed in 1959, the roller coaster [...]

Supreme Court Ordered California to Release 46,000 Prison Inmates

Well, maybe the end of the world is coming after all, if you’re the law-and-order type in California. The Supreme Court has ordered the release of up to 46,000 inmates because of prison overcrowding: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, speaking for the majority, said California’s prisons had “fallen short of minimum constitutional requirements” because of overcrowding. [...]

ICC Judge: No More Wigs!

The International Criminal Court is currently addressing, among other issues, Kenya’s 2007 presidential election. A judge politely suggested that attorneys stop wearing the wigs traditionally worn in Britain and its former colonies: Justice Ekaterina Trendafilova paused briefly at the end of the hearing to pass a hair-raising judgment. “This is not the dress code of this institution,” [...]

The Time John Fogerty Was Sued for Ripping Off John Fogerty

© Henry Diltz/CORBIS In 1993, former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty found himself at the center of a case being argued before the United States Supreme Court. The country’s highest court wasn’t debating whether Bayou Country or Green River was the superior CCR album. Instead, Fogerty was in the middle of an important, somewhat obscure [...]