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…
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…
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…
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/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
In Turkey the possession of a one-dollar bill can lead to a prosecution and sentence for terror. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
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…
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…
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 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…
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 the Netherlands one can anonymously have their drugs tested free of charge, prioritizing educating over prosecution. assets-sites.trimbos.nl/d…
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…
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…
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…
Snoop Dogg was acquitted of murder in part because the prosecution's evidence mysteriously disappeared. encyclopedia.com/law/law-…
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…
The US government can force you to accept immunity from prosecution en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kas…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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-…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Barry Scheck, the co-founder of the Innocence Project - which uses DNA to exonerate wrongfully convicted people, was a member of OJ's 'Dream Team' of lawyers and dismantled the prosecution's DNA evidence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
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…
Non-payment of the BBC licence fee accounts for 10% of prosecutions in UK magistrates courts with one person jailed every week adamsmith.org/blog/media-…
President Jimmy Carter didn't like a magazine picture of a drug lord so he ordered his prosecution to the maximum extent of the law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Nazi Commando Otto Skorzeny was employed by Israel's Mossad in the 1960s, at the same time that he operated a network to help other ex-Nazis escape prosecution and Mossad hit squads by fleeing to Latin America en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ott…
Animals were subject to criminal prosecution in Medieval Europe, sometimes even being provided an attorney and ordered to appear in court to defend themselves (if their size allowed it). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ani…
A woman in Melbourne was raped and tortured - made to perform sexual acts with a dog, having her toe sliced then sealed with a blow torch, among other things - for 5 days by Hells Angels members. Because of corrupt cops, there has been no prosecution. heraldsun.com.au/news/vic…
George Martorano is serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for 19 counts of his indictment of drug possession and distribution. The prosecution had only recommended 40 to 54 months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
After escaping prosecution during the war, Anton Burger, the German SS Commander of Theresienstadt concentration camp adopted the name of a Jewish prisoner he had personally killed in 1944 as an alias. He was never caught and lived the rest of his life in Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
During WWII, Chase Bank helped Nazi sympathizers in the US send massive amounts of money to the Third Reich. Chase officials avoided prosecution by threatening to reveal US sources and methods, jeopardizing future intelligence gathering. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
A forensic psychologist created a 22 level Scale of Evil (in 3 tiers) for murderers. Prof Stone was inspired by Dante's circle of hell and hoped the 'Scale of Evil' could be used in prosecutions. npr.org/templates/story/s…
During World War II, members of the Waffen-SS would have their blood type letters tattooed on their arm. Following the war, these tattoos helped identify former members, leading to their prosecution and in some cases their execution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Texas parents are allowed to serve underage children alcohol but are liable for prosecution if the child gets into a fight, falls and hurts themselves, or is sexually assaulted tabc.state.tx.us/educatio…
Some members of the Catholic Church suggest sending pedophile priests to their own "pedophile island" instead of formal prosecution blogs.alternet.org/cityof…
A great deal of Nazi SS members had their blood type tattooed on their arm in the case of a need for emergency blood transfusions; however, post-war, these were used as prima facie evidence for immediate war-crimes prosecution, and in some cases, execution. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
Being in international waters does not make you immune to prosecution straightdope.com/columns/…
During World War II, members of the SS would have their blood type letters tattooed on their arm. Following the war, these tattoos helped identify former members, leading to their prosecution and in some cases their execution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_…
Coco Chanel, was an active Nazi spy, and escaped prosecution with help for Winston Churchill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coc…
A Muslimah from Australia escaped prosecution because there were doubts about her identity since she was wearing a burka at the time of arrest.She was not required by law to lift her veil to show her face. smh.com.au/nsw/woman-conv…
In the Libor scandal the FSA prosecution struggled to make the actual traders criminal offenders as the law didn't covered the topic. It changed afterwards lexology.com/library/deta…
Actor Tommy Chong and his son were prosecuted for selling bongs in 2003... Federal Prosecution admitted to being harsher on Chong in retaliation, citing Chong's movies as trivializing "law enforcement efforts to combat drug trafficking and use." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Before founding WikiLeaks, Julian Assange provided technical assistance to the Victoria Police child exploitation unit and assisted in prosecutions en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Kevin Mitnick spent 8 months of his 5 year prison time in solitary confinement because the prosecution convinced the judge that he could "start a nuclear war by whistling into a pay phone." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
Jurors with higher incomes tend to favor the prosecution, and black jurors tend to show greater favoritism towards defense. uh.edu/~jlehman2/papers/l…
While initially banned in Germany, the Communist Manifesto became unbanned due to a law stating anything read aloud in court became legal during the prosecution of a Socialist group. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Despite each module of the International Space Station being under the jurisdiction of the country that owns it, there are some laws that apply to the entire station including copyright law and procedures for criminal prosecution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
In 1936, a Russian family fled into the tiaga forest to escape religious prosecution, and lived in isolation for 40 years, completely avoiding any knowledge of World War 2. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In the 1983 UK general election, a voter put his cross in the wrong box, and to correct his mistake, attempted to eat the ballot paper. He was forced by the presiding officer to spit it out and faced prosecution for "wilfully damaging the ballot paper" bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-poli…
After his acquittal, OJ Simpson did an interview where he gave a tour of the prosecution's version of the crime scene at his Rockingham estate. youtube.com/watch?v=FJJy6…
Vincent Gigante, dubbed "The Oddfather" by the press, often wandered the streets of Greenwich Village in his bathrobe and slippers, mumbling incoherently to himself. He later admitted was an elaborate act to avoid prosecution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin…
Witchcraft remained an offence in the Great Britain until 1951 with the last successful prosecution being in September 1944. It remains in force in Nothern Ireland to this day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit…
In the Maldives, open practice of any religion except Islam is forbidden and liable to prosecution. Furthermore a non-Muslim may not become a citizen of the Maldives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isl…
Tommy Chong pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute drug paraphernalia in exchange for non-prosecution of his wife and his son during Operation Pipe Dreams. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Today I learned of John Joe Gray who's living off the grid as the least hidden fugitive ever, in order to avoid prosecution for biting a policeman officer mirror.co.uk/news/weird-n…
A US court judge granted a motion to deny the prosecution the usage of pejorative words in a copyright infringement case. Those words include "piracy" "theft" "stealing". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
Mafia boss Vincent Gigante dubbed the "The Oddfather" a wandered the streets of Greenwich Village in his bathrobe and slippers feigning insanity to avoid prosecution. edition.cnn.com/2003/LAW/…
Over 80% of Law & Order episodes resulted in a 'solid win' for the police/prosecution overthinkingit.com/2012/1…
There have been no successful prosecutions for female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK even though it has been a criminal offence in Britain for 30 years bbc.com/news/uk-england-3…
There was a trial where a man sued his neighbor for shooting his pet dog. The prosecution's closing argument, never actually mentioning the trial, was a eulogy on how dogs are better than most people. The prosecution won, and the dog is remembered with a statue outside the trial's courthouse. sos.mo.gov/archives/educa…
Today I learned of Parliamentary Privilege. It allows government officials to slander individuals, mislead the public, and even release state secrets without threat of prosecution. wikipedia.org/wiki/Parlia…
Nixon's aides maintained a master list of political enemies to harass via tax audits and prosecution -- notable figures included Noam Chomsky, Shirley Chrisholm, Sargent Shriver, and Bill Cosby en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
A drug smuggler in England refused to poop for 48 days in an attempt to avoid prosecution youtube.com/watch?v=WJS8K…
Elfriede Scholz was the younger sister of German novelist Erich Maria Remarque. She was executed in WW2 for treason for allegedly "undermining morality" by saying the war is lost in 1943. The cost of her prosecution, imprisonment and execution was then billed to her sister Erna findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg…
In Europe from the 13th until the 18th century, animals and even insects could face criminal prosecution for alleged criminal acts such as destruction of property, murder or bestiality. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/A…
The exception to the inadmissibility of character evidence (which does not allow the prosecution to introduce a defendant's prior "bad acts" in an attempt to show his propensity to commit the crime) for sexual-assault cases, meaning that the prosecution can argue once a rapist, always a rapist law.cornell.edu/rules/fre…
In 2005 the DOJ created the "Obscenity Prosecution Task Force" to investigate and prosecute people who created "Obscene" text, images, or video. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obs…
On June 10, 1963, Thich Quand Duc (Vietnamese Buddhist monk), offered himself to be burned alive in protest against the prosecution of monks by the South Vietnamese government. He did this in a crowded intersection, and sat completely still in the meditative lotus position until his death. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Baltimore police released a video response to the popular underground DVD "Stop Snitching" thanking those involved for providing video footage that aided in the arrest and prosecution of several local criminals. youtu.be/VCRnXcDEVhM
The federal law in the United States establishes the age of 12 as the minimum age of consent, while the age at which there are no restrictions for consensual sexual activities is 18 (sex with someone 12-18 is not illegal per se, but can still be open to prosecution under certain circumstances) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Age…
Having been awarded an MBA, Colby the housecat helped lead to a successful fraud prosecution against the institution that had issued it in 2004. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The dog Harass II was used to convict 100+ people, as his handler steered him to provide the 'tracking results' the prosecution wanted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The famous Classical Economist David Ricardo made the bulk of his fortune as a result of speculation on the outcome of the Battle of Waterloo, using methods which today would result in prosecution for insider trading. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Some countries allow anyone to conduct 'private prosecutions' - criminal court proceedings with potential for criminal convictions and prison time but prosecuted by members of the general public. It is legal in the UK, NZ, Australia, France and some US states among others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
The United States coerces other countries into signing article 98 agreements, which protects its military from prosecution by the ICC despite any war crimes they might commit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
The Confederate ship CSS Shenandoah, unaware of the South's surrender, continued to attack Union ships for 4 months, eventually surrendering in England to avoid prosecution as pirates. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSS…

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