Judge Judy earns $47 MILLION a year for taping 'Judge Judy.' In an interview she said that every 3 years she would present her salary request to the CBS TV Distribution President. Once, when he gave her a counter offer in an envelope, she refused to open it saying "This isn't a negotiation." goodhousekeeping.com/life…
The original drummer of The Offspring became a gynecologist, and during the initial stages of a malpractice trial, he performed CPR and used a defibrillator to save the life of a potential juror. The judge had to declare a mistrial because the rest of the jury would likely be biased in his favor thecut.com/2018/03/offspr…
The concept for having a β€œcredit score” to judge if you could receive a loan didn’t exist until 1989 credit.com/blog/when-did-…
In 1978, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was convicted of heroin possession in Canada where he was ordered by the judge to play a benefit concert at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind cbc.ca/archives/that-time…
Today I learned about Judith Catchpole, a young maidservant in the colony of Maryland, who was tried in 1656 for witchcraft and killing her newborn child. The judge summoned an all-female jury, who determined that Judith did not kill her child - in fact, there were no signs that Judith had even been pregnant. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Carol Burnett sued Family Guy after the show portrayed her cleaning the floor of a porn shop. The judge ruled against her under the 1st Amendment, but stated "the character Burnett created was far more creative than anything the Family Guy team could come up with on their own." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
In 2017 a Texas judge set a $4 billion bond for a man suspected of murder. This surpassed the existing record for the highest bond set in U.S. history which was $3 billion for New York real estate heir Robert Durst. kxan.com/news/killeen-jud…
After his failed coup in 1923, Hitler only served eight months of his five-year sentence. This was the customary sentence for those whom the judge believed to have had honorable but misguided motives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bee…
The proceedings in Judge Judy are real arbitration proceedings, and after Judge Judy has ruled, you cannot take the case to court and a court will not generally overturn her judgment. The show also pays the final judgment that Judge Judy renders, so neither side has to go out of pocket. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
A Japanese teenager, Yaoya Oshichi, was tried for attempted arson in 1682. She did this because she wanted to reunite with a temple worker she met at another fire. They tried to try her as a minor, but she didn't pick up on the judge's hints to lie about her age. She was burned at the stake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yao…
Today I learned about Vince Li, the 40-year-old Canadian who randomly attacked, stabbed, decapitated, and even cannibalized a 22-year-old stranger on a Greyhound bus in 2008. Li claimed God told him to commit the murder, and a judge ruled him not criminally responsible. He was released from mental care in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kil…
Egyptian lawyers were banned from Roman courts during the time Rome ruled over Egypt. This is because they mocked Roman judges and their decisions. Some even made up jokes and songs to defend political prisoners. arabnews.com/node/1165171
In 17th century England a bastardized, ungrammatical version of French was used in the courts. In 1631 it was recorded that a prisoner "puis son condemnation ject un brickbat a le dit justice, que narrowly mist" - after being condemned he threw a piece of brick at the judge but narrowly missed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law…
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…
Bushell’s case established that juries cannot be punished for the verdict they return. This arose after a jury was locked up after they returned a verdict in the trial of two Quakers (one of whom was William Penn, the future founder of Pennsylvania) that infuriated the judge. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus…
Ken Jennings, who has the record for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy with 74 straight wins, answered "Who is Jones? (referring to Olympian Marion Jones)" on Final Jeopardy in his 1st win. The judges almost marked it as incorrect, which would've ended his streak before it even began. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
After his defeat in the Second Punic War against Rome, Hannibal successfully ran for office in Carthage, reorganized the state's finances to fight embezzlement and corruption, and instituted term limits for judges. This angered the oligarchy, and he was eventually forced into exile. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
In 1990, Judas Priest was sued over a suicide pact made by two young men in Nevada. The lawsuit by their families claimed that their album Stained Class contained hidden messages. The case was dismissed by the judge for insufficient evidence of placement of subliminal messages on the record. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bac…
Hormel once sued Jim Henson alleging that Spa'am created a likelihood of confusion with Spam. Judge Kimba Wood wrote in her ruling, "Spam is a luncheon meat; Spa'am is the character of a wild boar in a Muppet motion picture. One might think that more need not be said." deseret.com/1995/9/23/191…
The Missouri Bar has produced coloring books to inform children about the functions of the government and the function of lawyers and judges, and made them available for free. missourilawyershelp.org/l…
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 1969, a woman named Vickie Jones was arrested for impersonating Aretha Franklin. Another performer had coerced into doing it. In court, she was called a victim. She was asked to sing, and the judge decided that she sounded so much like Franklin that the audience hadn’t been swindled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
67% of prisoners in India have not had a trial due largely in part to the 25+ million backlogged cases. It is estimated that with the current amount of judges it would take at least 12 years to clear the pending cases. firstpost.com/india/numbe…
In the U.K, lawyers and judges still wear powdered wigs, as it's seen as a formality. people.howstuffworks.com/…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
Today I learned that Johnny Rotten of the British Punk Band the Sex Pistols was on an episode of Judge Judy in the 90s. youtube.com/watch?v=K3L7x…
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…
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…
Today I learned of the Chicago Seven, and Judge Julius Hoffman, who had a man bound and gagged in court for a week he also ordered County Jail officials to cut one the defendants lawyers and one defendants hair as he did not like its length. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Padma Lakshmi (Host of American Top Chef) typically gains 10 - 17 pounds every season during filming, due to consuming between 5,000 to 8,000 calories of food/alcohol a day in her role as judge hollywoodreporter.com/new…
J. Waties Waring, a SC judge, and son of a Confederate veteran, was influential in guiding civil rights legislation in the early 1950’s. His dissent in the school segregation case of Briggs v Elliott (1951) led directly to Brown v Board. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
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…
After seeing how good the costume was for Ludwig van Beethoven in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Fashion historian Hilary Davidson created the 'Bill & Ted test' as a benchmark by which to judge other Regency movies by. slate.com/culture/2020/04…
Today I learned about Edith Sampson, who in 1950 became the first African-American to represent the U.S. at the United Nations. She later became the first Black U.S. representative to NATO and became the first Black woman to be elected judge in the state of Illinois. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
On October 29, 1969 during the Chicago Eight conspiracy trial, judge julius hoffman ordered Bobby Seale bound and gagged after supposedly interrupting court proceedings. loc.gov/exhibitions/drawi…
Today I learned about the Peak-End Rule – a cognitive bias whereby we tend to judge and remember an experience/event on the basis of how we felt at its 'peaks' (intense positive or negative moments) and at its 'end' (the final moments) rather than the sum total of all the moments of the experience/event. nngroup.com/articles/peak…
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 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…
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/…
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-…
Scanning Electron Microscopes are now within reach of the home workshop and hackers are starting to have them in their garages and workshops. They function by aiming an electron probe at a sample and counting the number of electrons that bounce back at each discrete location to judge brightness hackaday.com/2019/02/18/e…

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