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March 27, 2014

About the Law: Time for the annual 'foolish news' report

April Fool’s Day is almost here. It’s time for my annual “Fools in the Law” column. Here are some choice legal moments in the last year deserving review.

Bedford, N.H.: A 25-year-old man hailed a cab to take him home from a Manchester nightclub. But, when he got near his destination, he ordered the cabbie to pull over and robbed the driver of cash, a cellphone and keys. Approximately 15 hours later, the same cab company got a call. It was the same Bedford address and the same voice asking for a pick-up. They sent a cab. But the driver was a police officer, who arrested the man.

Charleston, N.C.: A 44-year-old woman stabbed her husband in the chest with a ceramic squirrel, gashing him from shoulder to chest. The rest of the story, as they say, is that hubby had come home late on Christmas Eve without beer, which he was instructed to bring home. Saying the stores were all closed, he went to the kitchen to make a sandwich, leaving his wife to pick up the collectable squirrel. Bail for the squirrel lady was set at $10,000. The Huffington Post opined: “This is just nuts.”

Hull, U.K.: A 27-year-old man pleaded guilty to burglary after entering a home through the roof and getting trapped hanging upside down in the bathroom. He grabbed his phone to call for help, but it fell in what they call over there the water closet. He hung upside down for an hour and a half until the homeowner came home and called police.

Readington Township, N.J.: A 34-year-old woman is arrested and held at the police station, too impaired to drive home. She calls a girlfriend to come give her a ride. The girlfriend arrives drunk, is arrested and held. The two then call a 33-year-old male friend who … arrives impaired and was also arrested.

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