80's pop sensations Spandau Ballet got its name from the standard drop method hangings at Spandau Prison when the condemned would twitch and jump at the end of a rope. Spandau Prison was home to seven high ranking Nazis sentenced to imprisonment at the Nuremberg Trials. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
It took 32 years to officially clear the parents in the famous β€œdingo took my baby case”. The mother spent three years in jail until evidence supporting their defense was found by chance. They ultimately received $1.3M for wrongful imprisonment, less than 1/3 of their legal fees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
In 1978 Tim Allen was arrested after he was caught drug trafficking with over 650 grams of cocaine. He provided the names of other dealers in exchange for a sentence of 3 - 7 years than a possible life imprisonment, serving two years and four months in a Federal prison. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
Today I learned about how Germany made homosexuality a crime in the late 1800s, which wasn't enforced until the Third Reich started the Holocaust and imprisoned gay men. Even after liberation, many gay German men still lived out their imprisonment, some as late as 1970. The law wasn't repealed until the 1990s. history.com/news/pink-tri…
Project 670A, a Russian *nuclear* submarine, sank and was raised. It sunk AGAIN. Leading to the imprisonment of the submarine commander. fas.org/nuke/guide/russia…
Joe Francis, creator of Girls Gone Wild as seen in late night 90's infomercials, has since been convicted of false imprisonment, child abuse, and prostitution. latimes.com/nation/la-na-…
The War on Calico Cloth started in 17th Century France with penalties for possession ranging from imprisonment to years as a galley slave, and even death for smuggling vpostrel.com/articles/bef…
All male U.S. citizens (and male residents) must register for military conscription ("Selective Service") within 30 days of their 18th birthday. Failure to register is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment. usatoday.com/story/news/n…
During World War 2, Hawaii’s Japanese populationβ€”about 158,000, more than one third of the territory’s total populationβ€”did not face mass removal and imprisonment similar to what happened on the mainland. law.berkeley.edu/article/…
13 nations in Europe have Blasphemy laws with punishments ranging from fines to imprisonment. france24.com/en/20181031-…
Today I learned of the trial and judgement of Nazi camp commandant Josef Oberhauser. Sentenced by West German courts for 450,000 counts of accessory to murder in the BeΕ‚ΕΌec camp, he was punished with 4,5 years imprisonment, or, a bit more than 5 minutes per victim. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
In the Philippines, cutting plants of scenic value on public grounds is punishable by an imprisonment of 6 months, 1 day as minimum to 8 years as maximum. thecorpusjuris.com/legisl…
Luis Felipe, leader of the Latin Kings, sentenced to life imprisonment with 45 years to be served in solitary confinement in an unprecedented sentence. No one is allowed to write him letters , no one to visit unless close relative, which he has none and the Judge will be in control whole time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lui…
Begging in Hong Kong is illegal and has a maximum penalty of HKD 500 (USD 64) and one-year imprisonment elegislation.gov.hk/hk/ca…
Milton Friedman served as an advisor to Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet did not criticize Pinochet's dictatorship at the time, nor the assassinations, illegal imprisonments, torture, or other atrocities that were well known by then. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
The UK has the 'Whole Life Order' whereby a prisoner who is being sentenced to life imprisonment is ordered to serve that sentence without any possibility of parole. It has been reportedly issued in approximate 100 cases since its introduction in 1983. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Martin Luther King’s mother was also assassinated. A deranged man who believed Christianity was harming African Americans gunned her down as she played the organ in church. He was sentenced to death but this was commuted to life imprisonment because the Kings opposed capital punishment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
The actor who played French WW2 POW Cpl LeBeau in 1960s sitcom β€œHogan’s Heroes” is a French Jew who survived imprisonment in the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In 2005, Eric James Torpy, was convicted of shooting with intent to kill and robbery. He asked that his sentence be changed from 30 years' imprisonment to 33 so that it would match Larry Bird's jersey number. His request was granted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
The man that was not saluting to Hitler in the famous photograph was August Landmesser. After imprisonment, a failed attempt of fleeing to Denmark with his family, his Jewish wife dying in the Holocaust, he was drafted into a penal battalion where he was killed in action. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aug…
LΓ¨se-majestΓ© is a French term meaning "to do wrong to majesty", is an offence against the dignity of a reigning sovereign or against a state. In Iceland for example, it can be punished by up to two years of imprisonment. For a very serious breach, the term can be extended to 6 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LΓ¨s…
A crowd of 500 Northern civilians tried to watch the First Battle of Bull Run. Among them was a US congressman. He was close enough to the battle that, during the Union retreat, he was captured by Confederate infantry. Upon his release, he wrote a best-selling book about his imprisonment. historynet.com/war-watche…
Pepper spray is illegal in Canada. If pepper spray is used on another person causing serious bodily harm or harming the environment it can carry a penalty up to a fine of $500,000 and imprisonment of up to 3 years. bestpepperspray.net/peppe…
An Indian con man sold the Taj Mahal three times and other historic buildings, was sentenced to 113 years imprisonment and escaped 9 times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Upon imprisonment American Psychologist Timothy Leary was given psychological tests designed to aid placing inmates in jobs that were best suited to them. Leary himself had designed a few of them and used that knowledge to get a low-security gardening assignment, and escaped. countyourculture.com/2011…
In the UK it is illegal to find and keep buried treasure to yourself. You are required by law to report the find to a coroner and then offer it for sale to a national museum. Failure to do so can lead to imprisonment. york.gov.uk/info/20216/ar…
In 25 countries, it is illegal to attempt to commit suicide. Penalties range from fines up to 3 years of imprisonment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sui…
Today I learned of death sentence with reprieve, a punishment in which the criminal is given a two year suspended sentence before execution. By abstaining from additional crimes during the two years, the criminal can reduce the sentence to life imprisonment, or, by committing good deeds, a fixed-term sentence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Bryan Stevenson has challenged bias against the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system, especially children. He has helped achieve United States Supreme Court decisions that prohibit sentencing children under 18 to death or to life imprisonment without parole. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bry…
In 2016 in the small city of White, Georgia, the chief of police and only other full-time officer were both arrested on false imprisonment charges, leaving the city with no police department. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
After WWII, homosexuals were forced to serve out their terms of imprisonment, regardless of the time spent in concentration camps holocaust-trc.org/homosex…
Early in his imprisonment, Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, befriended Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh and Ramzi Yousef, a perpetrator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The trio discussed religion and politics and formed a friendship that lasted until McVeigh's execution in 2001. yahoo.com/news/the-unabom…
King Gustav III of Sweden commuted the death sentences of a set of twins to life imprisonment if one drank 3 pots of coffee and the other drank 3 pots of tea to test the effects of the newly introduced coffee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gus…
The CIA was instrumental in Nelson Mandela’s arrest and eventual imprisonment npr.org/2016/05/16/478272…
Today I learned of β€œPep, the cat-murdering Dog” who was sentenced to life imprisonment in Eastern State Penitentiary by Pennsylvania governor Gifford Pinchot, for allegedly murdering his wife’s cherished cat archive.signalscv.com/arc…
A girl in Iran gave birth at the age of 9 after being prostituted by her parents. When she was 19, she was sentenced to death for incest and prostitution, until a lawyer intervened and had her sentence reduced to public beating and imprisonment. amnestyusa.org/research/r…
6 foreign health workers were sentenced to death in Libya, with charges of deliberately infecting hundreds of children with HIV, despite scientists showing it resulted from poor hygiene and reuse of syringes. The sentence was commuted to life imprisonment followed by extradition to Bulgaria nature.com/articles/44851…
Doctors in Poland created a fake Typhus epidemic to ward off Nazis, and ended up saving approx 8,000 people from death or imprisonment in concentration camps. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of Thomas Sylvanus, a Chinese-born man who served in the American Civil War. Over the course of the conflict, he escaped enslavement to join the Union Army; re-enlisted twice, despite partial blindness; and survived nine months of imprisonment at the infamous Andersonville prisoner-of-war camp. scmp.com/magazines/post-m…
In 19th century America, the Irish were believed to be inferior because of a high rate of imprisonment en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iri…
In Canada the Criminal Code penalty for threatening to kill, poison or injure an animal is greater than actual animal cruelty, as the former can result in a jail sentence of 24 months, while being convicted of the latter can be punished with a fine of $2000, imprisonment for 6 months or both. duhaime.org/LegalResource…
In Jamaica sex between men is punishable with up to ten years imprisonment. Girl-on-girl action is allowed though. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGB…
It's still illegal to be a republican in the UK, and it's punishable by life imprisonment in certain circumstances, including 'imagining' overthrowing the monarchy. independent.co.uk/news/uk…
In the US the death penalty is, on average, 10x more expensive to taxpayers than life imprisonment. nbcnews.com/id/29552692/n…
Advocating removal of the monarchy in the UK is officially punishable by life imprisonment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
During WW2, the entire city of Winnipeg, Canada, simulated a large-scale day long German invasion and occupation of the city, called β€˜if day’. Involving circulation of German mock currency, imprisonment of citizens and mock battles/bombings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
In the US you can be tried for a federal violation known as Hobbs Act Robbery by robbing a pizza delivery person. This is because the pizza’s ingredients originate in different states and require chains to engage in interstate commerce. The sentence if convicted can be up to life imprisonment. gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCOURT…
In 1887, it was made illegal in Canada to attempt to try to get a woman under 21 years old to have sex with you by promising you would marry her if she did. Punishments for this crime included imprisonment and whipping. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age…
The Reichstag Fire Decree was used as the legal basis for the imprisonment of anyone considered to be opponents of the Nazis, and to suppress publications not considered "friendly" to the Nazi cause. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rei…
A Woman Claiming A Wild Dingo Stole Her Child Was Convicted Of Murder And Sentenced To Life Imprisonment With Hard Labor. She Was Not Released Until A Piece Of Her Child's Clothing Was Found In A Dingo Lair 3 Years Later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…

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