A Guatemalan boy saw soldiers come into his village and murder his parents along with the rest of the village, was adopted and raised in an abusive household by one of the men who massacred the villagers, and later gave testimony that sent the killer to prison with a 6,000 year sentence newsinteractives.cbc.ca/l…
Hitler was called as a witness in a murder trail being held for 4 storm troopers before he rose to Chancellor. He was cross examined for just over 3 hours, lost his temper, and his outburst is recorded testimony. pbs.org/show/rise-nazis/
The 'Expert Wizard Amendment' in New Mexico (1995) required psychiatrists and psychologists to dress up as wizards in court proceedings if they provided expert testimony. It was revealed to be satire before the vote, yet passed the New Mexico Senate unanimously. It was not signed into law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exp…
During the Tower Commission testimony Ronald Reagan had a piece of instruction written for him by one of his aides. However, the president actually read the instruction aloud, saying that "If the question comes up at the Tower Board meeting, you might want to say that you were surprised.”. dailyhowler.com/dh061004.…
Today I learned of Hatty, a Labrador retriever who was sworn in as an IL County "Comfort Dog." Her paw was on a law book as an oath was read. Hatty's job is to comfort sexual trauma victims during testimony and interviews; the dog will work 9 - 5 on up to 200 cases per year. She was trained by prison inmates. cnn.com/2019/11/02/us/coo…
Today I learned of Jennet Device, who, in 1612 accused her family and neighbours of being witches. Her testimony alone condemned them to the gallows. She was 9 years old at the time. This also changed the way evidence was given at later trials, including Salem. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1…
According to the testimony of people who have eaten other people, the taste of human meat does not reflect its beef-like appearance. Serial killers and Polynesian cannibals have described human as being most akin to pork. The taste also depends on how it is prepared and what cut is sampled. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
In 1975, three men were wrongfully convicted of murder. Their conviction was solely based on the testimony of a 12-year-old boy who claimed he’d seen them commit the crime. They were only fully exonerated in 2014, when the boy- now an adult, recanted his testimony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
Today I learned of The Testimony of Truth, a 4th century Gnostic manuscript that tells the story of The Garden of Eden from the point of view the serpent, a gnostic symbol for divine wisdom and knowledge, in which it depicts God as jealous and the villain in the story. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tes…
In 1990, Nayirah al-αΉ’abaαΈ₯, daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US, gave a false testimony which galvanized support for the first Persian Gulf War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nay…
Quincy Jones successfully sued Michael Jackson's estate based on expert testimony that was immediately expunged from the record. youtube.com/watch?v=6qHvO…
Source amnesia is the inability to remember where, when or how previously learned information has been acquired, while retaining the factual knowledge. Source amnesia has caused issues in court when people used outside information in their own testimony and musicians accidentally plagiarized. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Mr. Rogers told the U.S. Supreme Court during the attempt to ban VCRs that he sided with the VCR, as it helped families to watch his show together. Supreme Court said his testimony was a contributing factor which allowed VCRs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned of Richard Rich, a Catholic who supported, under Henry VIII, the destruction of monasteries and execution of monks. He gave testimony obtained through promises of friendship to execute clergy and personally tortured a Protestant woman. He is seen as one of the worst people in English history. british-history.ac.uk/st-…
Today I learned of Silas Soule, an abolitionist who, among other accomplishments, was present at the Sandy Creek Massacre where he refused to order his men to fire. He testified at Congress against his commanding officer and was murdered soon after, likely as a result of his testimony. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
The Retail Credit Company's public image took such a beating after a series of congressional testimonies that they changed their name. Today, they are known as Equifax en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equ…
One of the few remaining trams which survived the Hiroshima bomb has been restored to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack. It has been repainted its original colours - blue and grey - and has video testimony from survivors on board youtube.com/watch?v=vUgPV…
Today I learned of the Nayirah testimony, a false testimony given before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on October 10, 1990 by a 15-year-old girl who provided only her first name, Nayirah. Her testimony has come to be regarded as a classic example of modern atrocity propaganda. wikipedia.org/wiki/Nayira…
No mob figure had publicly admitted the Mafia existed until 1963, when Joseph Valachi acknowledged the existence of La Cosa Nostra in testimony to Congress after accidentally (& brutally) killing the wrong guy in prison. nyti.ms/2CQs43Y
CIA created a gun that could shoot darts that caused heart attack. Upon penetration of skin the dart left just a tiny red dot. The poison itself worked rapidly and denatured quickly afterwards. It was revealed in 1975 in a Congressional testimony. military.com/video/guns/p…
Benjamin Franklin's aunt was an accuser in the Salem Witch Trials, with her testimony contributing to the execution of accused witch Martha Corey en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abi…
Dr Hans MΓΌnch aka 'the Good man of Auschwitz' was the only personnel of the concentration camp Acquitted of all War Crimes due to the testimonies of his former patients youtube.com/watch?v=LXPJ8…
Today I learned of Silas Soule, an abolitionist who, among other accomplishments, was present at the Sandy Creek Massacre where he refused to order his men to fire. He testified at Congress against his commanding officer and was murdered soon after, likely as a result of his testimony. arcgis.com/apps/MapJourna…
Carl King, with no prior background in law, took it upon himself to prove his friend was innocent after being jailed for 21 years. The jury convicted Colin Warner on charges of second degree murder based solely on the eyewitness testimony from a 14 year old boy who admitted to lying on the stand latimes.com/entertainment…
In the Roman Republic a slave's testimony was admissible only if extracted by torture, on the assumption that slaves could not be trusted to reveal the truth voluntarily. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor…
In the 90's, a major testimony about horrific acts committed by Iraqi troops, including infanticide, was fabricated in order to gain support for the first gulf war. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nay…
Willem Arondeus, a gay Dutch artist and writer, helped in the resistance against the Nazi occupation in the Netherlands. He was arrested and executed. His last testimony was "homosexuals are not cowards". ushmm.org/wlc/mobile/en/i…
An artist named David Huggins believes he's a "breeder" for an alien race, and he paints his alien sexual experiences as testimony to these events. theartblog.org/2011/08/da…
The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before the year 2000. slate.com/articles/news_a…
Mister Rogers defended public television to the US Senate; his testimony helped convince the Congress to increase funding to PBS, rather than cut it in half, as President Nixon wanted slate.com/blogs/browbeat/…
In 1985 Dee Snider of Twisted Sister had a Senate testimony to fight censorship by the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), who wanted to introduce a parental warning system that would label all albums containing offensive material. youtube.com/watch?v=S0Vyr…
Nayirah testimony in which a girl claimed to have seen babies taken out of incubators by Iraqi invaders was a propaganda stunt made to recieve public support for USA's participation in the Gulf War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nay…
Congressional approval for the first Gulf War was effected by the testimony of a Kuwaiti nurse who claimed to have witnessed Iraqi soldiers pulling babies out of incubators and throwing them on the floor to die. This never happened. The nurse was not a nurse. She was coached by a PR firm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gul…
R. Budd Dwyer, from the infamous suicide on tv video, committed suicide after claiming he had been framed and was to be convicted for taking bribes. After his suicide and further investigation, Wiliam T. Smith, who testimony was largely used for Dwyer's conviction, admitted to lying under oath. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._…
The FBI recently came forward to admit that their forensic examiners gave flawed testimony on hair sample testing for at least 257 trials over 20 years. (Another 2,200 cases are being reviewed and 32 were death penalty trials) washingtonpost.com/local/…
In the Ancient Roman court system, testimony from slaves couldn't be accepted unless the slave had been tortured for the information. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
Today I learned about the Piper Alpha disaster in 1987 when an oil rig exploded and 167 people died. Survivor testimonies were harrowing. youtu.be/Nwbw5PHZnqk
In 1994 and 1995 43 adults were charged with 29,726 counts of child abuse. Accused of being part of a group involved in ritualistic child abuse, 18 went to prison for what were later determined to be false testimony based on recovered memories. It's called the Wenatchee Witch Hunt. historylink.org/File/7065
In the late 80s, a mass moral panic swept across the US where many daycare providers were accused of ritual Satanic sexual abuse, with dozens jailed based solely on children's testimony, who were coached by psychologists. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
A U.S Judge launched a $67 million dollar lawsuit against a Dry Cleaners for losing his pants. He cried during his testimony. youtube.com/watch?v=8hlbN…
After the USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese sub, McVay(US captain) was court martialed. To which the captain of the sub testified that McVay was innocent. The two captains saluted and forgave each other. However, McVay was convicted despite this testimony, but exonerated in 2000. ussindianapolis.org/hashi…
When regulators were considering limiting the use of flame retardants in furniture, a doctor gave up his liscense after telling lawmakers false stories of babies who suffered fatal burns while on cushioning that lacked flame retardants. The industry secretly paid him $240,000 for his testimony. seattletimes.com/seattle-…
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 1989 a retired nurse was asked to give her real life testimony about her home accident for a commercial. When they asked her to repeat exactly what she said during the accident, she shouted "I've fallen... and I can't get up." phoenixnewtimes.com/news/…
Court Reporters use a specialized chorded keyboard called a stenotype machine to type out testimonies and jury charges at speeds of 180-300 words per minute. The stenotype has far fewer keys than the typical typewriter for ease of typing. Most words are spelled phonetically (i.e. K-A-T = cat) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Flying Officer Lloyd Allan Trigg of New Zealand is the only Victoria Cross recipient to receive the award based solely on testimony provided by enemy combatants. His VC was awarded on the testimony of the surviving crew of the German U-boat his plane sank with depth charges. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llo…
A fake testimony from a 15 yr old girl helped the US government to gain public opinion support to the 1st Gulf War. nytimes.com/1992/01/15/op…
There is a video recording of China's last Emperor giving testimony where he spoke Standard Mandarin. Puyi was the only Chinese Emperor to be filmed youtu.be/49NY-KZBdis?t=17
In the 1950s the government of Quebec illegally certified upwards of 20,000 orphaned children as mentally ill and had them committed to institutions. According to the testimony of several individuals, they were subjected to medical experimentation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dup…
Today I learned of Jennet Device, whose testimony at aged 9 against her mother, sister and brother during the Pendle witch trial in 1612 led to the execution of her family. This would set a legal precedent for children younger than 14 to testify at criminal proceedings. spookyisles.com/2017/08/j…

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