Physical attractiveness has a significant influence on judges sentencing. The more unattractive the criminal, the higher the sentence. Results of three studies show a minimum increase of 119.25% and a maximum increase of 304.88%. thelawproject.com.au/insi…
Today I learned of Helmuth HΓΌbener, the youngest German legally executed by Nazi Germany. After being sentenced at the age of 17, he turned towards his judges and said "Now I must die, even though I have committed no crime. So now it's my turn, but your turn will come". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…
Ted Bundy took advantage of an obscure Florida law in court- that a marriage declaration in front of a presiding judge was counted as a legal marriage. As he questioned his girlfriend Carol Ann Boone, he asked her to marry him, and announced they were married to the court when she accepted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
In 2018, Judge Judy made $147 million, and she films her show 52 days a year. Thus, in 2018 she made ~$2.8 million a day when working. sunshinecoastdaily.com.au…
In 2010 a man was sentenced to 2 years for stabbing a man who knifed him in Counter Strike. He spent 6 months tracking down his rival's real life location. The judge called him a "menace to society" nydailynews.com/news/worl…
In 1908 William "Bigfoot" Anakin, a local champion, was taken along by a publican to court to help demonstrate that darts was not gambling, it was a game of skill. Bigfoot showed that whatever number the court mentioned, he could hit on the board. Judge agreed darts was a game of skill. independent.co.uk/sport/g…
When a jury convicted Jane Wenham of witchcraft in 1712, due to witnesses accusing her of flying on a broomstick and bewitching servants, the sceptical judge refused to execute her and instead sought a royal pardon, noting that there was β€œno law against flying.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
A judge told a convicted serial killer; "You will be strangled to death in front of the parents whose children you killed, Your body will then be cut into 100 pieces and put in acid, the same way you killed the children." The killer died before that happened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jav…
The "Holbrook Holiday" is a creative punishment invented by an Ohio judge. Instead of a standard jail term, he takes a holiday away from the criminal for the next several years by making them report to jail for the holiday abcnews.go.com/US/ohio-ju…
EDS lost a 2010 court case because their star witness, a senior EDS executive, bought his Masters degree from an online diploma mill. The opposing lawyer signed his dog up for the same degree, and the dog graduated with a higher score than the EDS executive. The judge ruled against EDS. itnews.com.au/news/key-ed…
That, in 12th century China, sunglasses with lenses made from smoky quartz were used by court judges to mask their facial expressions and appear impartial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Today I learned of the crazy story of the colonial Australian Judge who refused to acknowledge the validity of any colonial law that contradicted British Law. Eventually he was removed from office and the British had to pass a law to specifically say that colonial laws were valid. adb.anu.edu.au/biography/…
The judge from the Rick and Morty courtroom sketch was publicly admonished for failing to discharge his duties impartially, competently, and diligently ajc.com/news/local/judge-…
Today I learned about Supreme Court Judge Joseph Force Crater, who became the "missingest man in New York," when he disappeared on the streets of Manhattan in 1930. On the day he destroyed several documents, shifted portfolios to his 5th Ave apartment and withdrew $5000. He was declared legally dead in 1939. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
A man from Kansas challenged his wife from Iowa to a sword fight over custody dispute, asked the judge for a three-month delay in order to obtain Japanese samurai swords for combat, then was ordered to take a sanity test. nypost.com/2020/01/15/kan…
The voice of Boomhauer in King of the Hill was inspired by a voicemail left by a β€˜deranged hillbilly’ to Mike Judge, ranting about β€˜Porky’s Butthole’. He thought this was the name of Judge’s TV show Beavis and Butthead. youtu.be/rd_rty0ovgQ
In 1994, a Baltimore judge sentenced a man who shot and killed his wife after catching her cheating to only 18 months because he felt the crime was β€œunderstandable” baltimoresun.com/news/bs-…
Marvel, DC, and other major comic book publishers adopted the "Comics Code" in 1954. Under the Code, criminals could not be depicted sympathetically, and police, judges, and government officials could not be shown as corrupt. The code was revised over time and was abandoned in the 2000s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
This year, the official Yu Gi Oh tournament hosted by Konami instituted a hygiene clause to rulebook. This allows judges to penalize players with dirty clothing or terrible odor by giving them a loss. Super Smash Bros tournament have also started implementing similar rules. theregister.co.uk/2019/04…
The 1995 film Judge Dredd was re-cut and sent to the MPAA 5 times to get it from a NC-17 to a R rating; Stallone tried to cut it even more for a PG-13 rating. The director had made the film dark and satirical like the source material; Stallone thought the film was supposed to be an action comedy en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
In 1990 rap group 2 Live Crew’s album β€œAs Nasty As They Wanna Be” was ruled obscene by a Florida judge and was subsequently banned. Record store owners and employees were arrested for selling the album. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Brazil has it's own iPhone. In 2000 IGB Electronica filed for exclusive rights to the product name "iPhone". In 2012 Apple sued, but Brazil favored IGB. Apple appealed. The judge ruled that it would be unfair to Apple. Thus, they both have the right to use the iPhone name in Brazil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IGB…
Judge Ito ( of OJ simpson trial fame) was married to the former superior officer of Mark Fuhrman (of OJ Simpson trial fame) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
The definition of murder in German law has not actually changed since the Nazi era: the current definition was written in 1941 by Hitler's hanging judge, Roland Freisler en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mur…
A Judge ordered a suspect to have mouth taped during sentencing. youtube.com/watch?v=rmvMz…
Wigs are still a part of British criminal courts. Judges and barristers, their term for lawyers, have specific standards for wigs that must be worn during criminal case hearings. people.howstuffworks.com/…
Woody Harrelson's father was a hitman who murdered a federal judge. grunge.com/160475/the-tru…
The reason why we automatically judge people is based on the halo effect. Good looking people are seen as trustworthy, whereas ugly people are not healthline.com/health/hal…
Chinese emperor Liu Chang would make men and women play a 'game' in which they'd have sex with each other in front of him. At the end he would judge who won, if the man won then they were both rewarded, if the woman won the man was castrated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu…
Cartoonist Otto Eppers was charged with attempted suicide after surviving a jump off of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1910. A judge dismissed the charge commenting β€œWell, he seems very much alive, doesn't he?” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
British lawyers, judges, and some roles of parliament still wear old-timey white wigs people.howstuffworks.com/…
A case decided in California in 1974 cited the Magna Carta (1215) in it's opinion. The Supreme Court of California used the document to interpreted a requirement in common law that a defendant faced with incarceration be entitled to a trial overseen by a legally trained judge. online.ceb.com/calcases/C…
The Beatles song β€œShe’s leaving home” was inspired by the news story of Melanie Coe and the story of her running away from home. Unbeknownst to Paul McCartney, who wrote the song, he had actually met Coe 3 years prior, on a TV gameshow in which he was a judge. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
The only woman to ever give the Oath of Office to a US president is federal judge Sarah Hughes, who swore in LBJ the day JFK was shot. Hughes was a Kennedy appointee en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Monty Python sued ABC over their censorship of season 4 of their show. ABC had cut punchlines and entire characters. The judge and jury watched two versions of a season 4 episode; a BBC one they laughed at, and an edited ABC one which no one laughed at. The judge ruled in ABC’s favour. montypython.com/tvshow_Mo…
Today I learned about Keith Cutler, a judge summoned to be a juror on a case he was presiding over. When he applied to be excused from jury service he was initially declined, and was told to write to the resident judge, to which he replied: "I am the resident judge." bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
Brandon Sanders once, In his high school, sent his story to a writing contest, Judges thought he had written something really postmodern and telling the story backward, Turns out he had just stapled the pages backward. brandonsanderson.com/cent…
A judge sued a dry cleaner for $67 million because they lost a pair of his pants en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
In 2019 Zimbabwe spent Β£118,000 on 64 judges' wigs from a London based company theguardian.com/global-de…
Lindsay Lohan Filed a case against GTA 5 makers that a Character was based on her , so the judges threw the case out saying Lacy Jonas 's'indistinct, satirical representations of the style, look, and persona of a modern, beach-going young woman that are not reasonably identifiable as plaintiff.” polygon.com/2018/3/31/171…
Today I learned of the Ben & Jerry's-inspired porn parody series called "Ben & Cherry's". Ben & Jerry's sued for trademark infringement, and a federal judge ordered 10 Ben & Cherry's porn titles removed, including "Boston Cream Thighs" & "Peanut Butter D-Cups". latimes.com/business/la-f…
90% of the profits of the O.J. Simpson book 'If I did it" went to Fred Goldman, Ron Goldman's father. Goldman had sued Simpson in a wrongful death civil suit and was awarded $33.5 million, which had gone unpaid. In 2007, a judge awarded the rights to the book to the Goldman family as payment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_…
Today I learned of Sisamnes, a corrupt judge in the Persian Empire (525 BC). After accepting a bribe, the king had him arrested and skinned alive. His skin was then used to cover the seat from which judgments were made. His own son 'Otanes' then replaced him as judge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sis…
Saskatchewan (Canada) regularly holds criminal trials in their local indigenous Cree language, with Cree-speaking judges, prosecutors, and lawyers sasklawcourts.ca/index.ph…
A judge said, "Mr. Mathers. Now is the time for you to please stand up." to Eminem in the sentencing for his 2001 weapons charge. cbsnews.com/news/slim-sha…
Male show dogs can't be fixed and a judge needs to feel his testicles to make sure they're present and are equal size. A male dog failing to show a healthy pair of testicles will be disqualified. Sometimes a dog's testicles retract during inspection and its handler must coax them back down. slate.com/culture/2018/05…
A plotter against Hitler survived the war because the Nazi judge in his show trial was crushed by a column, still clutching the man's files, when the courtroom was bombed in an air raid led by a Jewish-American pilot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fab…
In 2014 a Judge went and challangd to fight an attorney outside and walked back in alone nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…
Today I learned about Judge Dread, the first white man who had a reggae hit in Jamaica. Only Bob Marley sold more reggae music in the UK during the 70s. Before he worked as a wrestler "The Masked Executioner", a dept collector and security guy for the Rolling Stones. He died walking off the stage in 1998. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
A Nazi judge who's job was investigating corruption and irregularities in the SS, discovered a death camp hosting a Jewish wedding, attended by over 1,000 guests, including members of the SS. holocaustresearchproject.…
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…
In 1999, a Las Vegas couple were unable to come to a decision on how to split up their Beanie Baby collection during their divorce settlement. A judge ordered them to dump their collection on the floor of the court and take turns picking them one-by-one. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In 2012, 2410 years after the original trial, a mock trial of Socrates was held by a panel consisting of 10 international judges deciding under the ancient Athenian law. Final vote was split 5-5 and he was narrowly acquitted. Audience members watching the mock trial also voted 584-282 to acquit. youtu.be/FPN7EVtvAto
An angry caller left Mike Judge a voicemail during Beavis and Butt-Headβ€˜s original run, ranting how much he hated his show it in an incomprehensible accent. Judge found the caller hilarious and used him as inspiration for Jeff Boomhauer and his distinctive speech patterns in King of the Hill. ifc.com/2016/01/15-things…
A Kansas man asked an Iowa judge to let him engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife and her attorney in a trial by combat in order to settle their ongoing legal dispute. independent.co.uk/news/wo…
Though a judge ruled against Carol Burnett when she sued Fox over a Family Guy parody of her charwoman character, the judge conceded that her work took far more creative talent than FG’s β€œcrude parody.” eonline.com/news/55314/ca…
Dictatus papae, 27 powers arrogated to the pope, including papal supremacy, such as: Only the Pope can with right be called "Universal". All princes shall kiss the feet of the Pope alone. His name alone shall be spoken in the churches. His title is unique in the world. No one may judge him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dic…
A 5 year old child was sacrificed in Chile after the largest earthquake ever recorded. The two charged were released after 2 years, as the judge ruled they "acted without free will, driven by an irresistible natural force of ancestral tradition." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
Ted Bundy took advantage of an obscure Florida law in court- that a marriage declaration in front of a presiding judge was counted as a legal marriage. As he questioned his girlfriend Carol Ann Boone, he asked her to marry him, and announced they were married to the court when she accepted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
The dubstep violinist and dancer Lindsey Stirling was a competitor on America's Got Talent, where she was told by the judges that she wasn't good enough to both dance and play at the same time, and that she'd have more success as part of a group en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
In 1871, Judge R.B. Orb introduced avocados to California, which now accounts for 90% of avocado production. ablogaboutnothinginpartic…
Today I learned of Dmitry Argarkov who scanned a credit card agreement, edited it, and returned it with a 0% interest rate and no limit in the new terms. The bank signed and approved without reading and a judge held them to it. telegraph.co.uk/finance/p…
A man once sued a dry cleaner’s for $67M over a late return of a pair of pants. He reduced it to $45 million in court. The case was thrown out multiple times, the man lost his job as he was a judge himself, and the dry cleaners was forced to close their shop due to court costs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pea…
The judge in the Terri Schiavo case had to be flown to a secret location to make a final decision to take her off life support, he wore a bullet-proof vest after her death and had cops on land and water guarding his home, and had to quit his church. He also was Jim Morrison's college roommate. tampabay.com/florida/2019…
Today I learned about Judge JoAnn Friia who sentenced shady landlord Florence Nyemitei to live in her own building after she forced her tenants to live without heat, hot water, and electricity. The judge was inspired by the 1991 movie "The Super" starring Joe Pesci who is sentenced to live in his own building. archive.seattletimes.com/…
Judge Doom's scheme to dismantle the street cars in favor of freeways in Who Framed Roger Rabbit was based on a real life conspiracy from General Motors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
In 2003 ABC aired a reality show called "Are You Hot?: The Search for America's Sexiest People" with a panel of judges including Lorenzo Lamas & Rachel Hunter evaluating contestants on the sole criterion of their physical attractiveness. It was cancelled after 6 episodes due to low ratings. youtube.com/watch?v=-BNS7…
Gouldian finch young have unusual mouth markings that biologists find intriguing. One study showed the markings might help finch parents judge the health and age of their chicks. Another study revealed the glowing bumps outside of the beak reflect light, serving as a built-in beacon for feeding. audubon.org/news/whats-we…
It used to be illegal for men to be topless and show their nipples until a judge overturned New York state's male shirtless bans in 1937 following men protesting for their rights to not sexualize their bare chest stuffmomnevertoldyou.com/…
Germany started using jury trials the Middle Ages, but a constitutional crisis in 1924 led to an emergency decree abolishing juries and replacing them with the mixed system of judges and lay judges that is still used today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
The Soviet Union used assessors instead of jurors. Like jurors assessors were lay citizens who would decide guilt. Unlike jurors, assessors sat with judges, could allow or deny objections, and voted on the verdict with the judge(s). Higher court assessors were elected to their position. [PDF] scholarlycommons.law.case…
AN Illinois judge issues 6 months jail time for "loud and boisterous" yawn... To the defendants cousin. He also jailed people who swore or if their phones went off in court... nbcchicago.com/news/local…
In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Judge Doom was originally supposed to have a suitcase filled with 12 animated kangaroos, and the kangaroos’ joeys would pop out of their pouches with letters that would spell YOU ARE GUILTY en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
The mysterious winner of a $560 million lottery ticket who fought to keep her identity a secret was allowed to stay anonymous, a judge ruled in March. The woman’s lawyers argued that she is part of a group that β€œhas historically been victimized by the unscrupulous”. nytimes.com/2018/03/12/us…
A Washington detective forged letters sent to the presiding judge to get a better sentence washingtoncitypaper.com/n…
There is a Shadow Docket for the US Supreme Court, which the Solicitor General, a government official, can bypass lower court judges and get the Supreme Court to decide for the Government based on "emergency relief" harvardlawreview.org/2019…
Stan Lee proposed to his wife of 69 years after two weeks of dating. She was already married and filed for a quick divorce in Nevada an hour before being married to Stan. The judge who granted the divorce was the same one who performed the marriage ceremony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joa…
Nearly half the states in the US allow village and town judges to hold office without a law degree. In NY, these judges aren't even required to have a degree of any kind and can preside over criminal cases. northcountrypublicradio.o…
A High Court judge had to utilize the Urban Dictionary to rule a copyright case, with judges puzzling over phrases such as β€œshizzle my nizzle” in court. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/enter…
The CEO of Charles Schwab often conducts interviews over breakfast, asking the cook ahead of time to slightly mess up the candidate's order. He judges their reaction as a test of their character. businessinsider.com/charl…
A Texan Judge sentenced a woman, who had abused two horses to the point of emaciation and severe illness, to be on a diet of only bread and water for the first 3 days of her 30-day jail sentence. She was also required to have two blown-up photos of the ailing horses in her cell. nbcnews.com/id/5164349/ns…
Judges are less and less likely to grant parole to prisoners later in the day because of decision fatigue, best time is right after lunch break. nature.com/news/2011/1104…
A New York Judge in 2017 jailed 46 people when a cell phone rang in Court and no one took responsibility cnet.com/news/cell-phone-…
Dog show judges aren't looking for the fanciest dog on show; they're judging each dog against what's known as the "breed standard" - and common dog breeds rarely win because they've been bred so far away from the original standard. rd.com/culture/why-belove…
Benjamin Spencer, a man who judges and eye witnesses now admit is likely innocent but cannot get out of prison due to a loophole in the legal system theatlantic.com/magazine/…
The creators of Spam sued Jim Henson Productions for using the name "Spa'am" for one of Muppet Treasure Island's pig characters. The judge dismissed the suit after trial for failure to prove damages, noting, "one might think Hormel would welcome the association with a genuine source of pork." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mup…
Emojis are starting to appear in evidence in court cases, and lawyers are worried: β€œWhen emoji symbols are strung together, we don’t have a reliable way of interpreting their meaning.” (In 2017, an Israeli judge had to decide if one emoji-filled message constituted a verbal contract) blog.ericgoldman.org/arch…
Judge Judy makes so much money she turned down an offer to Produce her own show for an extra 20 million more dollars annually cnbc.com/2019/06/21/how-j…
The term "kangaroo court" comes from travelling judges "hopping from place to place, guided less by concern for justice than by the desire to wrap up as many trials as the day allowed." encyclopedia.com/social-s…
Former NFL player James Brooks was found to be illiterate when he was unable to read court documents after admitting to not paying over $100k in child support. When the judge asked how he graduated from Auburn without being able to read, he said, "Didn't have to go to to class." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In Miss America 1922, all of the judges were artists, one of them being Norman Rockwell. They were all confused as to how to judge, and decided to judge each part or feature of the body out of ten, then the woman with the total highest score would win. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Researchers examined more than 1,000 decisions by eight Israeli judges who ruled on convicts’ parole requests. Judges granted 65 percent of requests they heard at the beginning of the day’s session and almost none at the end. Right after a snack break, approvals jumped back to 65 percent again. scientificamerican.com/ar…
In Texas a jury can give the final sentence for murder instead of a judge. As a result, Texas has "misdemeanor murders" where a convicted murderer gets a light sentence like probation because the defense convinced the jury that the victim deserved it. dallasnews.com/news/inves…
Today I learned of a man named Benjamin Spencer who is still in prison for a murder he did not commit. A Dallas judge ruled in 2008 that he believes Spencer's innocent he recommended that the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned Spencer's conviction he continues to await in a cell. npr.org/2017/12/06/568314…
Judge Richard Posner was on the short list of Reagan's potential Supreme Court nominees alongside Robert Bork. But Posner was considered unconfirmable because of an article he wrote arguing that parents should be able to buy and sell children on the open market. chicagounbound.uchicago.e…
The Eagles football fans' behavior was so bad that the City of Philadelphia assigned a Municipal Court Judge to the stadium on game days to deal with fans removed from the stands en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vet…
In 2017, a Tennessee man had his bond raised to $14 million after he dared the judge to raise his bond. cbs17.com/2017/05/19/tenn…
In the 1950s more than 77% of all German government officials and judges were (former) nazis, which is an even higher percentage than during the actual Third Reich itself. telegraph.co.uk/news/2016…
In 1971, a US man named Gerald Mayo filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Pennsylvania. He was suing Satan, for making him fall down. The judge rejected "Mayo v Satan", pointing out that Mayo did not provide appropriate directions for the US Marshals to serve the summons to Satan. kevinunderhill.typepad.co…
When a Massachusetts mall let a Qdoba open there, another tenant -- Panera -- sued. Panera had the exclusive right to sell sandwiches and argued that Qdoba's burritos violated that right. The judge disagreed and ruled that a burrito is not a sandwich. youtube.com/watch?v=NnOhL…

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