Today I learned of the CSI Effect. Due to popular TV shows exaggerating the capabilities and techniques of forensic science in criminal investigations, many jurors have begun to demand a greater amount of evidence from the prosecution during trials, raising the standard of proof needed for a conviction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSI…
The Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" was written about a real boxer convicted of murder in a racially-biased prosecution, and the popularity of the song and the funds Dylan raised from performing it at benefits (eventually) resulted in the conviction behind vacated and the charges being dropped. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hur…
"ignorance of the law is no defense" actually does not apply to tax evasion in America, where you can successfully get out of prosecution by proving your crime was due to your stupidity and ignorance. irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/094705…
A Russian cat was used by prisoners to sneak drugs into their penal colony near Moscow. The cat allegedly had 5.79 grams of hashish & 1.56 grams of amphetamine under its collar. Defense/prosecution lawyers each wanted the cat to support their case but it escaped from its kennel before trial. telegraph.co.uk/news/2019…
In 1584, over a century before the Salem Witch Trials, an English nobleman wrote a book exposing fraudulent witches using simple tricks, and criticizing the prosecution of witchcraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Sovereign immunity means that as head of the state Queen Elizabeth 'cannot commit a legal wrong and is immune from civil suit or criminal prosecution'. As well as this, the Queen also benefits from diplomatic immunity. britishheritage.com/can-q…
Today I learned about Natasha Ryan, who went missing in 1998, Leonard Fraser was charged with murder. The prosecution said that he was not guilty as they found Ryan after raiding her boyfriend's home hiding in a cupboard in 2003. However, the trial continued with Ryan answering questions at her own murder trial en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
Queen Elizabeth II is immune from prosecution, can drive without a license, and can fire the Prime Minister of Australia or Canada as she pleases businessinsider.com/weird…
During the Trial of Joan of Arc, the prosecution, headed by Pierre Cauchon, sent an agent to France to collect dirt on her life in her home village. Cauchon was enraged when the agent "had found nothing concerning Joan that he would not have liked to find about his own sister". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
After Nicole van den Hurk's death, her stepbrother falsely confessed to the killing in order to get her body exhumed for DNA tests, leading to the arrest and prosecution of her real attacker en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
James Richardson spent 21 years in jail for murdering his 7 children who died after eating a poisoned lunch. Among the facts concealed by the prosecution; the babysitter had who served the poisoned meal was a convicted murderer on parole for poisoning her husband. He was exonerated in 1989. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Following the death of Nicole van den Hurk, her stepbrother falsely confessed to killing her to get her body exhumed for DNA testing, thus leading to the arrest and prosecution of her attacker. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
A jury was able to convict an accused bank robber after they discovered the impression of a holdup note in a notebook the defendant owned. The prosecution had missed it when presenting the notebook as evidence. savannahnow.com/article/2…
Today I learned about Archer’s Garage in Dublin Ireland, an Art Deco listed building. In 1999 it was demolished by a developer, who was then forced to rebuild it at his own expense to avoid prosecution. comeheretome.com/2017/11/…
Under Arizona’s Safe Haven Law, passed in 2001, a parent can anonymously leave a newborn who is less than 72 hours old at a safe haven provider such as a fire station, hospital, or church without the threat of criminal prosecution. dearly.com/woman-seen-wal…
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/Ton…
After WWII members of the international prosecution team and Japanese officials worked together to prevent the Imperial family from being indicted for war crimes and to ensure none of the defendants implicated Emperor Hirohito. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hir…
Today I learned about Vincent Louis Gigante, an American mob boss who feigned insanity for 30 years to escape prosecution. Called β€œThe Oddfather” and β€œThe Enigma in the Bathrobe” by the press, he often wandered the streets of New York’s Village in his bathrobe and slippers, mumbling incoherently to himself. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
A Las Vegas nurse was arrested in 1980 on charges of killing her patients to gain an advantage in a hospital "deadpool." The charges were later dismissed, and the prosecution was likely politically motivated to provide cover to the publisher of a local newspaper. people.com/archive/cleare…
Today I learned of a Korean film called Silenced, depicting events which took place at a deaf school, where students were systematically abused for years. The film sparked a public outcry and reinvestigation. Several teachers and the principal faced prosecution, eventually causing the school to be closed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Texas parents are allowed to serve their own underage children alcohol but are liable for prosecution if the child subsequently gets into a fight, falls and hurts him/herself, or is sexually assaulted en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
In Turkey the possession of a one-dollar bill can lead to a prosecution and sentence for terror. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Oscar Wilde was accused and prisoned because of sodomy. He was charged of sodomy and gross incedency and finally put to prison, after he had initiated a private prosecution for libel against the Marquess of Queensburry first. In this process evidence against himself came to light. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osc…
In the Netherlands one can anonymously have their drugs tested free of charge, prioritizing educating over prosecution. assets-sites.trimbos.nl/d…
In the UK any household watching/recording television transmissions is required to hold a television licence. A range of organisations are also required to hold licences. Licence evaders are liable for prosecution and a fine of up to Β£1,000 in the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
O. J. Simpson filmed a TV pilot just before being accused of murdering his wife and her friend in 1994. In 'Frogmen' Simpson holds a knife to the throat of a woman and reportedly received military training on how to use it, but the prosecution did not use the film during the trial. articles.latimes.com/prin…
Frank Bourassa, a Canadian counterfeiter, set up a secret money printing operation and printed $250 million in counterfeit bills. He was caught after selling $50 million of the bills and only spent 6 weeks prison, as part of an agreement to not be extradited to the U.S. for prosecution. businessinsider.com/frank…
Mabel Walker Willebrandt, the highest-ranking woman in the US federal government at the time as U.S. Assistant Attorney General from 1921-1929, came up with the idea of prosecuting major crime figures for income tax evasion, which led to the successful prosecution of Al Capone in 1931. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mab…
In 18th century England victims paid for the prosecution. As a result many of the working class were unable to prosecute their attackers and women their abusers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The US government can force you to accept immunity from prosecution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kas…
Snoop Dogg was acquitted of murder in part because the prosecution's evidence mysteriously disappeared. encyclopedia.com/law/law-…
In the American Legal system there are instances where a witness may give Federal prosecutors information about an alleged crime in exchange for limited immunity from prosecution. This is commonly called "Queen for a Day". wisenberglaw.com/Articles…
There was a cult that lived in a village modeled on ancient Egypt, and mixed black nationalism, cryptozoology, UFO religions, and conspiracy theories, until it's founder was convicted of largest child molestation prosecution in history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuw…
Pope Benedict XVI was accused of conspiracy to cover up sexual abuse in the United States, but at the Vatican's request, president George W. Bush Granted him immunity from prosecution thedailybeast.com/article…
In 1966 boxing legend Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was wrongfully jailed for murder. The prosecution's key witnesses came forward months after the crime once a $12,000 reward was offered. They claimed to be in the area robbing a factory scapegoat.podbean.com/e/h…
Hugo Jaeger, Hitler's personal photographer and loyal follower, hid away his color photograph to avoid prosecution, then sold them to Life Magazine for a profit in 1955. israpundit.com/archives/5…
Women who bare their breasts publicly in Liverpool, England, will be exempt from prosecution if they work in a tropical fish store. mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news…
According to one study, judges allowed expert testimony from prosecution experts 95% of the time, but allowed similar testimony from defense experts 7.8% of the time. Pro-prosecution bias is the likely explanation. pdf.ebook5.org/f/forensic…
The Nazi regime prosecuted and killed between 80,000 to 200,000 Freemasons. They would be regarded as political prisoners in Masonic concentration camps and wore an inverted red triangle. Later on, the forget-me-not flower became an emblem of the prosecution and a secret sign of membership. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned of a man ordered by a judge to decrypt his hard drive so contents can be used against him by prosecution. wired.com/2012/02/laptop-…
Hydraulics in cars were a product of the "low riding" craze, where cars would be lowered, sometimes to illegal extents, in search of ever more cool. In an attempt to avoid prosecution, low riders devised a way to rapidly raise their cars to legal heights: hydraulics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The Diplomatic Immunity guy in Lethal Weapon 2 couldn't have DI. He'd have Consular Immunity, making him subject to search, arrest, detainment and prosecution. DI is limited to embassy workers, and embassies can only exist in a host country's capital city. Only a consulate can exist in LA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vie…
In 1994, Actor Jack Nicholson got out of his car and smashed the windshield of another Driver's Mercedes with a golf club for "cutting him off". Nicholson reportedly offered an apology and a $500K check that successfully ended any criminal prosecution for the road-rage incident. history.com/this-day-in-h…
The fashion designer Coco Chanel was a Nazi Spy during WWII. She escape prosecution after the war in part because Winston Churchill personally intervened on her behalf. telegraph.co.uk/history/w…
There was a Mafia boss who for 30 years wandered Greenwich Village in his pajamas mumbling incoherently to himself, in an elaborate act to avoid prosecution. They called him the Oddfather. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Today I learned about Matt's Law which is a California law that allows for felony prosecutions when serious injuries or deaths result from hazing rites en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
The U.S. government at every level is prohibited by law from assisting the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. ASPA, nicknamed "The Hague Invasion Act," also authorizes the President to use military force against the ICC in order to free a US citizen from prosecution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
In 1986 David Kirke, a member of the Dangerous Sports Club at Oxford University, was sponsored by Foster's-Lager to fly a kangaroo shaped balloon across the English channel. This lead to his prosecution for not having a pilots license. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
In 1851, a runaway slave named Jerry was arrested in Syracuse NY during the anti-slavery Liberty Party's convention. A crowd of hundreds of abolitionists broke into the city jail and freed Jerry, eventually smuggling him to Canada. Nine participants in the rescue also fled to avoid prosecution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
Francis Scott Key, the man who wrote the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner," was a lawyer by profession. His most famous case was the prosecution of the first person to attempt a presidential assassination. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…

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