Today I learned about Hans Schmidt, the only Catholic priest to ever be executed in the US. He killed his pregnant mistress, drank her blood, and dismembered her. He was found guilty for the crime and executed via electric chair in Feb 1916. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanโ€ฆ
In 2008 a bear was sued for stealing honey by a Macedonian beekeeper. The bear was found guilty, and the beekeeper received 1,700 euro from the state for the damages. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europโ€ฆ
In 1995, France found a man guilty of killing a teen girl, but he was able to avoid sentencing by hiding out in Germany. In 2009, the victim's father hired a team to kidnap the killer out of Germany and dump him in front of a French courthouse. It worked, and he is now serving 15 years. latimes.com/world/la-xpm-โ€ฆ
There is a Polar Bear jail in Canada that houses incarcerated Polar Bears that are guilty of being nuisances. lonelyplanet.com/canada/mโ€ฆ
The creator of Bum Fights was asked onto the Dr. Phil Show. He dressed up just like him and exposed Dr. Phil for being guilty of the same exact thing, exploitation of the challenged for monetary gain. youtu.be/qT76-_e0S_g
There were two witchcraft trials in Plymouth Colony 50 years before the Salem Trials. Unlike the later, more infamous trials, the accused were found Not Guilty and their accusers were fined for giving false statements mayflowerhistory.com/crimโ€ฆ
Nintendo was found guilty of running a price fixing cartel in Europe for most of the 1990's youtube.com/watch?v=ZVEWIโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Harold Shipman, an English GP who is believed to be the most prolific serial killer in history. In 2000, a jury found Shipman guilty of the murder of 15 patients under his care, with his total number of victims estimated to be around 250. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Anurag Dikshit, an Indian national who helped form an online poker company. In 2008 he pled guilty to one count of online gambling in the US and was levied a $300,000,000 fine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anuโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Poena cullei, a form of punishment for those found guilty of parricide under Roman Law, in which the offender was sewn into a leather sack, with an assortment of live animals, including a dog, snake, monkey and a chicken before being thrown into water and left to drown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poeโ€ฆ
Pirates were considered "Hostis humani generis" (the enemy of all mankind) and it was the universal right and duty of all nations to capture any pirates they encountered and execute them if found guilty. Even in modern days piracy is considered a special crime of universal jurisdiction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Dr. Farid Fata, an oncologist who falsely diagnosed 500+ patients with cancer they never had, subjected them to unnecessary treatments, including chemo, and then fraudulently billed over $30 million to their insurance. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty in 2014. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farโ€ฆ
In 1849 Sarah Thomas aged 17 became the last teenage girl to be hanged in Britain. Found guilty of killing her employer, Sarah was dragged screaming and crying to the gallows pleading for her life. So distressing was the scene that the prison governor even fainted. capitalpunishmentuk.org/tโ€ฆ
Witches in parts of medieval Europe where weighed. A witch had to be almost weightless to fly on a broom. Nobody was found guilty of witchcraft at the weigh house in Oudewater. visit-oudewater.nl/en/witโ€ฆ
In most states, even defendants who are found not guilty are billed for the time and services of their public defenders. It is illegal to send someone to prison on a felony charge so in many cases itโ€™s not available to refuse council. theguardian.com/commentisโ€ฆ
Mia Farrow's brother is currently serving a ten year prison sentence, after pleading guilty to molesting two boys when they were eight and a nine years old. cbsnews.com/news/john-chaโ€ฆ
In 1906, a Moroccan serial killer was sentenced to be walled up alive after he was found guilty of murdering 36 women (the bodies were found buried beneath his shop and garden). His cries for help were heard for two days before he went silent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immโ€ฆ
The Allman Brothers Band's road manager murdered a club owner over $500, but was later declared not guilty by reason of insanity arguing that working for the hard-partying Allmans literally drove him crazy. ultimateclassicrock.com/aโ€ฆ
One of the charges against Marie Antoinette included incestuous relations with her son Louis-Charles, who was forced to testify that his mother had molested him. After a two-day show trial, an all-male jury found the former queen guilty on all charges and unanimously condemned her to death. history.com/news/10-thingโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Ans van Dijk, a Jewish Dutch woman who was the only woman executed after WWII in the Netherlands. She was found guilty of treason by working for the nazis and betraying the hiding places of at least 145 other Jewish people including her own brother. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ansโ€ฆ
John Landis, director of movies like Beverly Hills Cop III and coming to America, was found not guilty of manslaughter, after an actor and two children were decapitated by a falling helicopter during the filming of the Twilight Zone movie. history.com/this-day-in-hโ€ฆ
Today I learned about the Cadaver Synod. In 897 Rome, the deceased Pope Formosus was dug up, tried in the Papal Court for "crimes", found guilty, was stripped of Papal title, 3 fingers were cut off and the body buried in a graveyard meant for foreigners. Then it was re-exhumed and thrown in the Tiber River. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadโ€ฆ
The Code of Hammurabi, while notorious for its eye for an eye punishments and the removal of body parts of the guilty party, was also one of the earliest pieces of written law to have it a requirement for an innocent person to be assumed innocent until proven guilty history.com/topics/ancienโ€ฆ
UK surgeon Simon Bramhall marked his initials with an argon beam on the livers of two of his patients. A colleague saw โ€œSBโ€ on a liver during a follow-up surgery. The marks aren't believed to be harmful to the liver but Bramhall pleaded guilty to assault. theguardian.com/uk-news/2โ€ฆ
Medieval Iceland had a law against writing love poems to women, they were called "Mansรถngr" or "maiden songs." If found guilty you were branded a full outlaw and banned from the island. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manโ€ฆ
, if you pay the full cash bail to the court, that money is required to be returned to you after all court appearances have been fulfilled and you were found not guilty. If you paid a bail bondsman, that money is not returned because it is deemed their fee for service. thelawdictionary.org/artiโ€ฆ
In 1993 Rick James and girlfriend plead guilty to kidnapping and torturing a record executive for a 20 hour period. This happened while he was out on bail for holding another woman hostage for 6 days, with the help of his girlfriend, and burning her with a crack pipe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricโ€ฆ
"threatening the President" even as a joke can send people to jail: Richard Humphreys said "God might speak to the world through a burning Bush," in regards to President Bush, was found guilty and sentenced to 3 years in prison. nypress.com/news/threatenโ€ฆ
Today I learned of William Chester Minor; one of the largest contributors to the Oxford English Dictionary who murdered a man at point-blank and was "not guilty by reason of insanity". He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent the next 38 years in a psychiatric hospital up until he died at age 85. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilโ€ฆ
Today I learned of plans for a Gregg Allman biopic but was cancelled after one day of filming. While on a railroad trestle bridge illegally, a train struck several crew members, killing one. The director plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to two years in prison and eight years probation. ajc.com/entertainment/whyโ€ฆ
Prosecutors considered, but ended up not, calling a husband's parrot as a key witness in a wife-husband murder case after the bird kept repeating "don't shoot" in the victim's voice; wife found guilty anyway. usatoday.com/story/news/nโ€ฆ
The Spanish Inquisiton "only" found guilty 4% of all trialed and killed "only" 1800 people over 350 years of existence. It was considered the most humane court in Europe as opposed to todays perception of the Inquisiton strangenotions.com/spanisโ€ฆ
The 35-yr-old owner of a boat called "Naut Guilty" was found not guilty in a boating incident. Another man was at the helm who failed to put the boat into neutral as a 19-yr-old woman swam near the boat; she lost her arm in the propeller. Both men pleaded guilty to furnishing alcohol to minors. nbcboston.com/news/local/โ€ฆ
Toronto's most notorious (and oldest, at 66 years old) serial killer operated as a landscaper during the summer, and a mall Santa Claus during the winter. He eventually pled guilty to 8 counts of homicide of gay men in the Toronto area. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201โ€ฆ
One night in Ontario, 1978, two men with balaclavas and guns approached a restaurant. The manager saw them coming, but, unfazed, yelled: "Sorry, we're closed" and went back to mopping. The confused robbers fled and were apprehended. At appeal they were found not guilty of attempted robbery. canlii.org/en/on/onca/docโ€ฆ
In 1977 Tony Kiritsis held Richard Hall hostage for 63 hours before surrendering, Kiritsis was found not guilty by reason of insanity. At the time of the trial, Indiana law required the prosecution to prove the defendant sane, the law has subsequently changed so defense has to prove insanity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonโ€ฆ
Stede Bonnet was a wealthy landowner who became the "Gentleman Pirate" because of "discomforts he found in a married state." He sucked at being a pirate. After he was betrayed by Blackbeard and captured, he argued in court he was too incompetent to be a pirate. He was found guilty and hanged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steโ€ฆ
In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom was originally supposed to have a suitcase filled with 12 animated kangaroos, and the kangaroosโ€™ joeys would pop out of their pouches with letters that would spell YOU ARE GUILTY en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Bernie Goetz, a man who shot 4 men who were harassing him on a Manhattan subway but was later found not guilty on all of his charges except for one for carrying an unlicensed firearm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198โ€ฆ
Temar Boggs, the 15 year that saved a 5 year old from being kidnapped by chasing the car on his bike in 2013, is in jail for pleading guilty to felony armed robbery three years later. lancasteronline.com/news/โ€ฆ
Agnes Waterhouse was the first woman executed for witchcraft in England (1566). She was accused of turning her talking cat into a toad, which then turned into a dog with horns and threatened her neighbor with a knife. She denied it, but was found guilty and hung. gorillacool.com/agnes-watโ€ฆ
William Chaloner was a prolific 17th century criminal. He was a well known currency forger. At various times he made and sold dildos and worked as a quack doctor, soothsayer, and agent provocateur to collect government rewards. He was eventually proven guilty of high treason by Sir Isaac Newton. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilโ€ฆ
On October 2, 1978, Tim Allen was arrested in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport for possession of over 650 grams (1.43 lb) of cocaine. He pleaded guilty to felony drug trafficking charges and provided the names of other dealers in exchange for a sentence of three to seven years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timโ€ฆ
The near-extinction of the American bison was a deliberate plan by the US Army to starve Native Americans into submission. One colonel told a hunter who felt guilty shooting 30 bulls in one trip, "Kill every buffalo you can! Every buffalo dead is an Indian gone.โ€ theatlantic.com/national/โ€ฆ
The word "decimation" stems from the a punishment meted out to units of the Roman army who were guilty of capital offences, whereby one man in ten was executed by nine fellow soldiers after they had all drawn lots. Thus, the army would literally be reduced by a tenth in size. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decโ€ฆ
That, in 1922, Governor of Indiana Warren McCray was offered $10,000 to allow the Ku Klux Klan to become chartered, but refused, the Klan later claimed he was involved in mail fraud, causing McCray to be found guilty and serve three years in prison, when he was paroled and later given a pardon en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warโ€ฆ
Telford Taylor, chief prosecutor in many of the Nuremberg Trials, also wished to prosecute American pilots who had bombed North Vietnam, believing they were also guilty of war crimes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telโ€ฆ
When Socrates was found guilty of impiety and corruption of the youth, his punishment was put to a vote. He had the choice to suggest an alternative to death, but instead nominated that Athens provide him free meals for the rest of his life. arcdigital.media/the-deatโ€ฆ
They dug up a pope and put him on trial. Pope Formosus was found guilty, they cut off 3 fingers and threw them in the Tiber. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadโ€ฆ
A woman in the UK was found guilty of witchcraft in 1944 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Janโ€ฆ
That, in the United States, if you're found not guilty of a crime by reason of insanity, you can be involuntarily confined in a mental institution indefinitely, regardless of what the maximum sentence would have been had you been found guilty en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonโ€ฆ
In 1980 New York Congressman Allard Lowenstein was assassinated by a mentally ill gunman. The assassin, Dennis Sweeney, was institutionalized, but found not guilty by reason of insanity. By 2000, a judge deemed Sweeney no longer a threat and granted his release back into society. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allโ€ฆ
Canadian criminal code tell what police is supposed to say in case of riot: ''Her Majesty the Queen charges and commands all persons being assembled immediately to disperse and peaceably to depart to their habitations or to their lawful business on the pain of being guilty...'' (see link) laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eโ€ฆ
That, in France, it is illegal to to publish photographs of identifiable handcuffed suspects, as they are not to appear guilty until proven so. This means that "perp walks" are not allowed under current law, either. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perโ€ฆ
Today I learned of James Gordon Wolcott who, at age 15, sniffed airplane glue, then shot and killed his parents and sister. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity. Today he is a psychology professor at Millikin University. nbcnews.com/news/us-news/โ€ฆ
The famous "guilty look" dogs have when they realize they've done something wrong isn't actually guilt. It's actually fear of being punished. businessinsider.com/dogs-โ€ฆ
There have been several cases whereby identical twins are acquitted of crimes even though one of them is a definitely guilty as identical twins have almost identical DNA and legal system cannot afford to punish the wrong twin for the crime. bbc.com/news/magazine-253โ€ฆ
โ€œAmerican Gangsterโ€ prosecutor Richie Roberts, famous for arresting drug kingpin Frank Lucas, pleaded guilty for tax crimes nj.com/essex/2017/04/amerโ€ฆ
That Self-harm often isn't an attention-seeking behaviour, in many cases self-harmers are very aware of their wounds and feel guilty about their behaviour, they put much effort in hiding scars with clothing or coming up with explanations for injuries. mentalhealth.org.uk/file/โ€ฆ
In English Criminal Law, you cannot kill a person for food, even out of necessity. In 1884, three sailors were stuck out at sea and killed the weakest one for food. After being rescued, they were found guilty of murder. This set a legal precedent which continues today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necโ€ฆ
Legal experts determined that in the real world, Goldilocks would be guilty of petty theft (of porridge), criminal damage (breaking a chair) and trespassing on the bear's property. Liable for fines and/or up to 14 years in prison (depending on the state). dgaalaw.com/dgaablawg/illโ€ฆ
Today I learned about Mathew Charles Lamb, a Canadian spree killer found not guilty by reason of insanity and who, after being released from hospital, enlisted in the Rhodesian Army on the advice of his psychiatrist, before dying in war en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matโ€ฆ
The Cadaver Synod was the posthumous trial of Pope Formosus. His corpse was dug up and found guilty, and his papacy voided. His corpse was then thrown in the River Tiber, but became a source of miracles. His trial was then overturned and he was reburied, but a later pope upheld the conviction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadโ€ฆ
The first DUI on record was in 1897, when a cab driver in London crashed his car into a building. He eventually pleaded guilty and was fined 25 shillings. history.com/this-day-in-hโ€ฆ
A lawyer was hired for a traffic case. Instead of sitting his client at the witness table, he dressed another lawyer to look like the client. When the only witness (a policeman) was asked to point to the defendant in the room he pointed to the fake client. The real defendant was found not guilty nytimes.com/1994/07/29/usโ€ฆ
In 399BC Socrates was found guilty of his crimes and was sentenced to death which he had to carry out himself. Death by hemlock poisoning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triโ€ฆ
Presumption of innocence and "guilt beyond a reasonable doubt" in common law was created because jurors were afraid their souls would be damned if they found an innocent person guilty yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9โ€ฆ
Today I learned of the Texarkana Moonlight Murders, a series of 5 murders committed by an unknown serial killer over a period of 10 weeks in 1946. A lead suspect was identified but never arrested due to a lack of evidence. Two of the lead investigators believe he is guilty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texโ€ฆ
A man in China was arrested as a counter revolutionary, tried & found guilty, then executed with a shot to the head, all for likening a mango to a sweet potato. collectorsweekly.com/artiโ€ฆ
MARYLAND: Oral sex is illegal in Maryland โ€” giving and receiving. A person found in violation is guilty of a misdemeanor, but the state is not known to enforce the law. law.justia.com/codes/maryโ€ฆ
King Louis IX aka 'Saint Louis' made gambling, loans, & prostitution illegal. He also introduced innocent until proven guilty, banned trials by ordeal, created the military police & bailiffs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louโ€ฆ
During the trial of notorious serial killer Richard Ramirez, one of the jurors actually fell in love with him and even sent him a cupcake with "I love you" written in icing. She still, however, gave him a guilty verdict. forensicoutreach.com/librโ€ฆ
The first known juvenile to be sentenced to death and executed in the territory of today's United States was guilty of bestiality; Thomas Granger of the Plymouth Colony was hanged for sodomizing "a mare, a cow, two goats, divers sheepe, two calves, and a turkey." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoโ€ฆ
Maimonides stated that "It is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death." Maimonides argued that executing a defendant on anything less than absolute certainty would lead to a slippery slope of decreasing burdens of proof. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capโ€ฆ
Today I learned of David Bain, a man accused and convicted of murdering his mother, father, and three younger siblings when he was 22. He was acquitted after a second trial in 2009 after having spent 13 years in prison. The retrial jury took less than a day to render Bain not guilty on all five counts. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baiโ€ฆ
That, in France, it is illegal to to publish photographs of a handcuffed suspects, as they are not to appear guilty until proven so. sandiegouniontribune.com/โ€ฆ
In 1979 Saddam Hussein convened a Ba'ath Party assembly of party leaders. Names of 68 "traitors" were read out. Each was taken from the room, tried together and found guilty of treason. Twenty-two men were sentenced to execution. Those spared were given weapons to execute their comrades. bbc.com/news/av/world-midโ€ฆ
Under Anglo-Saxon Law, accused people were given dry bread and cheese blessed by a priest. If the person choked, they were guilty. If they swallowed it freely, they were innocent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triโ€ฆ
BuzzFeed writer Benny Johnson was found guilty of plagiarizing over 40 different times before he was fired. He was subsequently hired by National Review as a social media editor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzโ€ฆ
Budd Dwyer was a former Pennsylvania state official was found guilty of 11 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, perjury and racketeering, and consequently faced a sentence of up to 55 years. During a press conference, he pulled out a gun out of a manila envelope. He shot himself and died instantly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._โ€ฆ
Pope Stephen VI put the corpse of his predecessor, Pope Formosus on trial for illegally serving as a Bishop, seven months after his death. Finding the corpse guilty, they cut off three of his fingers, stripped his body of its Papal Vestments, and threw his corpse into the Tiber River. (Year 897) medievalists.net/2017/07/โ€ฆ
A Japanese exchange student wearing a white tuxedo was shot and killed by a property owner after showing up by mistake at a wrong house for a Halloween party. His last words were "We're here for the party!". The court ruled the killer not guilty. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deaโ€ฆ
James Gordon Wolcott killed his family with a .22 long-barrel in 1967. Found not guilty by reason of insanity, he was later released and is now a psychology professor and chair of the Behavioral Sciences department at Millikin University, going by the name James St. James. austinist.com/2013/08/02/โ€ฆ
An Alford plea,in United States law, is a guilty plea in criminal court, whereby a defendant does not admit to the act and asserts innocence. In entering the plea, the defendant admits that the evidence would be likely to persuade a judge or jury to find them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfโ€ฆ
A lawyer was hired for a traffic case. Instead of sitting his client at the witness table, he dressed another lawyer to look like the client. When the only witness (a policeman) was asked to point to the defendant in the room, he pointed to the fake client. The real client was found not guilty nytimes.com/1994/07/29/usโ€ฆ
Following the return of the English monarchy in 1660, a number of people posthumously found guilty of crimes during the civil war and interregnum were given a posthumous execution. Their remains were exhumed, they were hanged and beheaded and their bodies cast into a pit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisโ€ฆ
Talaat Pasha, mastermind of Armenian Genocide, was assassinated by an Armenian revolutionary and genocide survivor. Despite the assassination occurring in broad daylight, and with the assassin pleading guilty, he was acquitted by reason of temporary insanity. He is a national hero in Armenia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sogโ€ฆ
John Wayne, in a 1971 interview with Playboy, said: โ€œI believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to a point of responsibility. I donโ€™t feel guilty about the fact that five or ten generations ago these people were slavesโ€ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johโ€ฆ
In 1386 a pig was accused of eating a child, a trial was held and the pig was given human clothes, the pig was determined guilty and sentenced to death by public hanging pulse.com.gh/did-you-knowโ€ฆ
Tupac Shakur was fired from the movie Menace II Society because he had an argument with Director Allen Hughes which led to a fist fight. Shakur was later found guilty of assault and battery. indiewire.com/2013/05/menโ€ฆ
Detective Paul Bynum, a chief investigator involved in catching serial killers Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris, committed suicide years after the two were found guilty. In his suicide note, he outlined that one of his main reasons was his fear of the two ever being released from jail. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrenโ€ฆ
Denzel Washingtonโ€™s character in Training Day was heavily based on real life corrupt cop Rafael Perez, an LAPD officer who pled guilty multiple crimes and is even suspected by some to be the man who murdered the Notorious B.I.G en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafโ€ฆ
The last person to be executed by guillotine was Hamada Djandoubi in 1977 (yes 1977). He was found guilty of torturing and murdering his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth Bousquet. historychannel.com.au/thiโ€ฆ
A Los Angeles teacher was found guilty of putting his own semen on cookies and making students eat them. His crime was discovered after he took photos of the act & had them developed at a CVS pressunion.org/settlementโ€ฆ
Today I learned of the "nerd defense"โ€”the idea that a defendant wearing glasses during a trial will improve the chances of being found not guilty. nydailynews.com/news/crimโ€ฆ
In 2006 a US Soldier pleaded guilty to murdering two officers in Iraq in exchange for life in prison. His plea was rejected so he could be tried at Court Martial under the dealth penalty, where he was found not guilty and given an Honorable Discharge. nytimes.com/2009/02/21/nyโ€ฆ
Today I learned about The Murder of Catrine da Costa; two doctors were found guilty of dismembering the body, but not for the murder itself since the cause of death could not be determined due to vital body parts missing. Kid saw the dismemberment and talked about it. Both walked away unpunished en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murโ€ฆ
Jurors can legally return a 'not guilty' verdict if they believe the law is unjust regardless of whether or not the defendant actually committed the crime through a process called 'jury nullification' but judges rarely inform juries of this power. nytimes.com/2011/12/21/opโ€ฆ
Today I learned of Primrose Shipman, wife of the infamous Harold Shipman, also known as Dr. Death. Even after being found guilty of 215 murders, Primrose maintained her husband's innocence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harโ€ฆ
Star NFL receiver Tyreek Hill pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation against his pregnant girlfriend. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrโ€ฆ

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