Florida Woman Says Her Chest Too Big To Perform Field-Sobriety Test

[This is one of the craziest articles I’ve posted.  Some people will do/say anything to avoid a DUI ….flagranny2]

A woman was arrested in Martin County after failing a DUI field-sobriety test during which she blamed the size of her breasts for being unable to perform the tasks.

 

 

 

Read more: http://www.wesh.com/news/30370444/detail.html#ixzz1lSOet7Ez

Seattle Woman ‘Marries’ Building

Alrighty now, I’ve heard of everything I can’t imagine what I’ll see/read next!!!! flagranny2

 

Calling it a “gay marriage” because the building is female, Aivaz was asked by the attending minister if she would “love and cherish and protect this warehouse.”

 

Read more to see if marriage was cemented: http://www.wesh.com/news/30338965/detail.html#ixzz1lCT01Ir7

Dentist Admits To Paper Clip Root Canals

“A former dentist in Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to fraud for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals.”

Want Fries With That Arrest? Granny Nabbed at McDonald’s Drive-Thru After Confrontation

Monday, January 21, 2008
  

I would ask that anyone who does read this story to please read the comment.  The comment puts light on how and what really happened as told by the mother whose daughter was working at the time this occurred. 

This is a real example of how the media reports stories how they see it and not really what happened. 

A 75-year-old grandmother of eight was arrested at a Florida McDonald’s drive-thru after police said she wouldn’t pull her car forward.

Jean Merola was waiting for her coffee and fries when a police officer asked her to move her car. Merola refused, saying she was told to wait there by McDonald’s employees, MyFoxTampaBay reported.

Merola was charged with disorderly conduct and hauled off to Pinellas County Jail, where Merola claims she was searched, photographed and fingerprinted.

Jail records show she was released about 90 minutes later on her own recognizance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Dog Removed from Washington State Voter Rolls After 3 Elections

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Has our elections simply gone to the dogs?  Jane Balogh thinks so after sending in a registration form with her dog’s name on a phone bill for identification and his “paw print” for the signature.  The dog actually received 2 absentee ballots for school board elections as a result. 

The dog’s owner proved her point, dog-1,  county officials-0.  I’ll bark to that.

SEATTLE —  Duncan M. McDonald is finally off the vo rolls after the Australian shepherd-terrier mix was sent absentee ballots for three elections.

King County Elections Director Sherril Huff said she canceled the voter registration Tuesday for the dog owned by Jane K. Balogh, 66, who registered her pet to protest a change in the law that she said made it too easy for non-citizens to cast ballots.

Balogh put her phone bill in the dog’s name, then used that as identification when she mailed in the registration form in April 2006. In November, she wrote “VOID” across Duncan’s ballot and returned it with an image of a paw print on the signature line.

She admitted the ruse when an election official called, but the dog was still sent absentee ballots for school bond elections in February and May.

“Quite frankly, the process did take too long, and it should have been addressed after the November election,” said Bobbie Egan, an elections office spokeswoman.

County election procedures are being reviewed to provide speedier action against voting fraud, Egan said.

The removal came three weeks after Balogh was charged in King County Superior Court with making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, a misdemeanor. She pleaded not guilty to the charge in June.

A sheriff’s investigator wrote that she admitted registering the dog under false pretenses “to make a point that anyone could vote, even an animal.”

A preliminary court hearing was pending.

Man With Headache Finds Bullet in Head

Thursday, June 28, 2007
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla Fox News

Honey my head is killing me, either you hit me with your elbow or I think I’m having an aneurisum.

I wonder if this is what Michael Moylan 45, said to his wife April when he woke up at 4:30a.m. with a terrible headache?

She drives him to the hospital

Doctors discover a bullet in his head lodged behind his right ear

Authorities obtained a search warrant for the couple’s home which led to the arrest of Moylan’s wife April, 39, who is being charged with attempted murder.

Evidence indicated Moylan had been shot at close range by someone (hmm, and that would be?)

His wife eventually tells authorities she “accidently” shot her husband. (accidently, close range behind right ear sure sounds like an accident to me…. lol)

How many people can be sleeping, get shot in the head or anywhere and not know it.  This blows (no pun intended) me away. 

Obviously there is more to this than meets the eye which I’m sure will be uncovered as they investigate further.

Moylan did not undergo surgery, but was transferred to a trauma facility and his current condition is not known.

Judge Tries Suing Pants Off Dry Cleaners has reduced his damange to $54 million

By ARIEL SABAR and SUEVON LEE
Published: June 13, 2007

And so the trial begins.  This is the latest update from my previous post of The man who sued his dry-cleaner for $65,500,000

WASHINGTON, June 12 — Roy L. Pearson Jr. wanted to dress sharply for his new job as an administrative law judge here. So when his neighborhood dry cleaner misplaced a pair of expensive pants he had planned to wear his first week on the bench, Judge Pearson was annoyed.

So annoyed that he sued — for $67.3 million.

The case of the judge’s pants, which opened for trial in a packed courtroom here on Tuesday, has been lampooned on talk radio and in the blogosphere as an example of American legal excess. And it has spurred complaints to the District of Columbia Bar and city officials from national tort reform and trial lawyer groups worried about its effect on public trust in the legal system.

“I don’t know of any other cases that have been quite this ridiculous,” said Paul Rothstein, a professor of law at Georgetown University. The trial, laced with references to inseam measurements, cuffs and designer labels, got off to a rocky start. Judge Judith Bartnoff of District of Columbia Superior Court limited Judge Pearson’s last-minute bid to broaden aspects of his case and cut short his efforts to portray himself as a “private attorney general” championing the rights of every Washington consumer.

“You are not a we, you are an I,” Judge Bartnoff said in one of several testy exchanges with Judge Pearson, 57, who is representing himself. “You are seeking damages on your own behalf, and that is all.”

Later, while recounting the day he says the cleaners tried to pass off a cheaper pair of pants as his, Judge Pearson began to cry, asking for a break and dabbing tears as he left the courtroom.

The lawsuit dates back to spring 2005. Mr. Pearson, a longtime legal aid lawyer, was appointed to a new job as a District of Columbia administrative law judge.

Judge Pearson says in court papers that he owned exactly five suits, all Hickey Freemans, one for each day of the workweek. But the waistlines had grown “uncomfortably tight.” So he took the suits to Custom Dry Cleaners, in a strip mall in gritty northeast Washington, for alterations.

When the owners, Korean immigrants who came to America in 1992, could not find one pair of pants, Judge Pearson demanded $1,150 for a replacement suit. The owners did not respond; he sued.

Using a complicated formula, Judge Pearson argues that under the city’s consumer protection law, the owners, Soo and Jin Chung and their son, Ki Chung, each owe $18,000 for each day over a nearly four-year period in which signs at their store promised “Same Day Service” and “Satisfaction Guaranteed.” In opening statements, Judge Pearson cast himself as a victim of a fraud on a historic scale, perpetrated by malicious business owners who had no intention of delivering on those promises.

“You will search the D.C. archives in vain for a case of more egregious or willful conduct,” he told the court. He called a series of witnesses who complained of rude or unresponsive treatment at Custom Dry Cleaners.

The defendants’ lawyer, Christopher Manning, told the judge that his clients were the victims. He characterized Judge Pearson as a man embittered by financial woes and a recent divorce, who had nursed a grudge against the Chungs since a spat over a different pair of pants in 2002.

“The plaintiff has decided to use his intimate knowledge of the District of Columbia laws and legal systems to exploit non-English-speaking immigrants who work in excess of 70 hours per week to live the American dream,” Mr. Manning says in court papers.

Mr. Manning said there was no mystery about the whereabouts of the pants: They have been hanging in his office closet for a year. Judge Pearson, however, has said those are “cheap” knockoffs the Chungs had substituted for his pinstriped Hickey Freemans.

He has rejected three settlement offers, the latest, in March, for $12,000. Last week, Judge Pearson revised a few claims and lowered his damages request to $54 million.

Judge Pearson’s future as an administrative law judge is in limbo. His two-year term expired on May 2, and a judicial panel has yet to decide on his reappointment.

In the meantime, Judge Pearson remains on the city payroll as an attorney adviser to the Office of Administrative Hearings, at a salary of $100,512.

Humorus but True News Blips

It doesn’t pay to drink and mow

Man spends nights in Illinois jail for ‘mowing while drinking’

WLS ABC7Chicago.comMay 25, 2007 – A downstate Illinois man spent two nights in jail after riding his lawnmower while drinking.
Robert Wendt rode his lawnmower to a convenience store to get gas and a six pack of beer. On his way home, Caseyville police stopped him. They say he was driving on the wrong side of the road and appeared to be intoxicated.

Because he had a prior conviction for driving under the influence, Wendt went to jail. When he was released, he got a ticket for not mowing his lawn.

Underwear theft

AP

May 24, 2007 (FORT COLLINS, Colo.) – Just the facts ma’am — are those your panties?

Police in Fort Collins, Colorado, are inviting women to identify their missing unmentionables. Police have about 13-hundred pieces of women’s underwear, believed to have been stolen from laundry rooms near the Colorado State University campus.Officers have busted a 43-year-old man (Chih Hsien Wu) on suspicion of felony theft in the case of the purloined panties. Police have now posted pictures of the stolen panties, sports bras, stretch pants and panty hose online. Officers are hoping to identify the victims of the thefts.

Robber asks bank teller to call police on him

AP

May 25, 2007 (STEPHENVILLE, Texas) – Accused bank robber Philip Stuart Martin had an unusual request for a teller: call the cops. Police in Stephenville, Texas, say Martin apparently had second thoughts after demanding money from a bank teller.

He asked the bank employee to call police and said he would be waiting outside. That’s where officers found Martin.

He’s now being held on 30-thousand dollars bond, charged with robbery. And the police are trying to figure why he did it. They say he was cooperative, didn’t have a weapon and appeared to be sober.

Baby gets firearm ID card

WLS ABC7Chicago.com

– A Chicago father is questioning how his 10-month-old son got a firearm owner’s ID card – complete with the infant’s photo.

Howard David Ludwig – known by his family as “Bubba” – received the card after his grandfather decided to get an heirloom for the baby– a shotgun.

Bubba’s dad logged onto the Illinois State Police website and applied for a firearm owner’s ID card. Police sent the card back, picture and all.

Illinois State Police say there are no age restrictions on the card.

The man who sued his dry-cleaner for $65,500,000…(do pants cost that much?)

It is people like this man and the others that are included in this article that makes me what to scream.  Yet we can’t put the full blame on the people as the rest of the blame has to lay on the shoulders of the judicial system that allows such ridiculous settlements to exist. 

As a tax payer, to know that my money is going toward paying a jury that actually comes up with the agreement of a settlement of such outlandish amounts I’m furious.  I don’t know what can be done or how we can stop it but I sure as hell would love to find a way. 

Of course we can’t forget the sleazy lawyers who get clients to sue, except in this judge’s case.  I hate to think what court cases this judge handles but I know one thing I hope he loses not only his case but “his pants” and “his robe”.  He should be brought before the “ABA” and properly punished as a disgrace to the profession.  What kind of a roll model does he set not only among his peers but for anyone who appears in his court as well let alone his family and friends if he has any left….

Hell, my next question is, if I cut myself with a knife I purchased either online or from a local store, can I sue the merchant, the manufacturer?  Also if I bought it online, let’s say from “eBay”, can I sue them too, after all they allowed the product to be sold through their service.   

Ok, I’ve ranted on enough, on with the article…..

The man who sued his dry-cleaner for $65,500,000… (and other weird tales from the litigation front line of America)
By Andrew Buncombe
Published: 03 May 2007

There was a scene of quiet but efficient activity inside Custom Cleaners.

Staff at the rear were busily sorting out piles of garments while at the front of the store, the owner Soo Chung and her husband Jin, were dealing with customers with clothes to be cleaned and pressed. Mrs Chung gave a smile but she did not appear to be very happy. “We have a big problem,” she told The Independent yesterday morning. “A big problem.”

To be precise the Chungs are facing a $65m (£33m) problem in the form of a lawsuit regarding a pair of trousers belonging to a judge that the couple allegedly misplaced. $65m just for a simple pair of grey trousers?, one might gasp incredulously. The Chungs would share such bewilderment. If they were in the mood for levity – and they are not – they might say they were being taken to the cleaners.

“They are good people,” said the couple’s lawyer, Christopher Manning. “The Chungs have suffered both emotionally and physically [as a result of this lawsuit]. They are unable to sleep, they are very stressed. They are even considering moving back to South Korea.” He added: “They came here seeking the American dream but Roy Pearson has made it an American nightmare.”

Roy Pearson is the man behind this unlikely lawsuit, that hints at the lunacy that sometimes grips the litigation process in this most litigious of countries. Mr Pearson is a regular customer of the Chungs’ dry-cleaning business, located between an off-licence and a Chinese take-away in a strip mall in east Washington, but moreover, Mr Pearson knows a thing or two about the law; he is an administrative judge with the city authorities.

The twisting tale of Mr Pearson’s missing trousers began in the spring of 2005 when he had been appointed to his current position and was about to take up his position on the bench. According to court papers filed by Mr Pearson, he discovered that five Hickey Freeman suits that he took out of his cupboard were “uncomfortably tight”.

He asked the Chungs to do some alterations on the waistbands of the trousers, asking them to let them out by two or three inches. He decided he would take them in for alteration one at a time. Mr Pearson claims that when he took in the grey trousers with red stripes for the $10.50 alteration on 3 May 2005, he was told they would be ready for him to wear when he started work on 6 May. But on 5 May they were not ready to be picked up and when he called back the following morning he was told that the trousers had been misplaced. The loss of the trousers and his inability to wear them for his first proud day in court caused him “mental suffering, inconvenience and discomfort”, claims Mr Pearson.

The Chungs, who have had their business for 12 years, agreed to compensate Mr Pearson for his loss, offering first $3,000 and then $4,600. Mr Pearson declined such offers and the Chungs raised their offer to $12,000, many times more than the $800 Mr Pearson says he paid for the trousers. But the judge even refused that amount. Instead he used his knowledge of the city’s statutes to come up with the eye-watering compensation claim that has led observers to claim that the case reveals some of the worst aspects of the US litigation system and highlights the need for urgent reform.

Mr Pearson based his $65,462,500 claim on two signs that the Chungs had hung inside their dry-cleaning store. One of the signs read “Satisfaction Guaranteed” while the other said “Same-Day Service”. Based on these signs Mr Pearson has argued that he is entitled to $1,500 per violation – that is $1,500 for each of the 120 days that the two signs were in the Chungs’ store. (He is also multiplying each violation by three because he is suing Mr and Mrs Chung and their son.) He has added to that $500,000 for “emotional damages” and $542,500 in legal fees, even though he is representing himself. And in an ingenious way to get even more money out of the Chungs, he has asked for $15,000 to cover the cost of hiring a rental car at weekends for the next 10 years. He bases this final element of his sought-for compensation package on the argument that having shown themselves to be unreliable, the Chungs have forced him to drive to an alternative dry-cleaners to take care of his weekly laundry needs for the foreseeable future.

The case of the $65m lawsuit has gripped the legal world of Washington, where lawyers are as commonplace as politicians, and has been seized on by a multitude of bloggers, most of whom appear to believe Mr Pearson is acting a little oddly. But the Chungs see nothing funny about their predicament.

“It’s not humorous, not funny and nobody would have thought that something like this would have happened,” Mrs Chung told ABC News. “I would have never thought it would have dragged on this long. I don’t want to live here anymore. It’s been so difficult. I just want to go home, go back to Korea.”

Her husband said: “It’s affecting us first of all financially, because of all the lawyers’ fees. For two years, we’ve been paying lawyer fees… we’ve gotten bad credit as well, and secondly, it’s been difficult, mentally and physically, because of the level of stress. I’ve been in the dry-cleaning business for 14 years, but this has never ever happened before – if anything happened to our customers’ clothing we would always compensate them accordingly and fairly.”

Campaigners have demanded action. The American Tort Reform Association (Atra) has written to city officials asking them to consider whether Mr Pearson has the appropriate “judicial temperament” for his job.

“The District’s consumer protection act and many others in states across the country are well-intentioned but loosely worded,” said Atra’s president, Sherman Joyce. “Judge Pearson’s lawsuit appears to be a somewhat typical, if wholly outrageous example of the exploitation such laws are increasingly subject to these days.” Yet with still no agreement between Mr Pearson and the Chungs, the case is due in court next month. Mr Pearson has said he intends to call 63 witnesses to support his case.

At Custom Cleaners, the Chungs go about their normal business and their customers keep coming with their clothes. “Oh, is this the place? I saw it on the news,” said one regular, who declined to be named, as she left the store yesterday. “It sounds like this man [Mr Pearson] wants to make some money.” The final twist to the story of Mr Pearson’s misplaced trousers is that – according to the Chungs – they turned up a few days after they went missing. Mr Pearson denies they are the same pair of trousers but the Chungs and their lawyer, Mr Manning, are adamant. Mr Manning said the trousers were currently being held in a place of “safe keeping”.

The woman who sued… McDonald’s for $2.7m

Perhaps America’s most notorious personal injury suit was launched by Stella Liebeck, an 81-year-old former department store assistant from Albuquerque, New Mexico, who sued McDonald’s in 1994 for serving its coffee too hot.

Liebeck’s injuries were certainly genuine – she had third-degree burns on her groin, thighs and buttocks where she spilled her coffee – but the punitive damages she was awarded, $2.7m, struck much of the country as excessive to the point of absurdity. Many McDonald’s customers bought the coffee precisely because they liked it hot. The award was lowered to $480,000 on appeal.

The wife who… got ‘sales rage’ and then sued for $600,000

In 2002, Carolyn Wells from Tennessee got into a fight with another customer at the after-Christmas sales at the J C Penney department store. Her reaction was to sue the store for $600,000 claiming that J C Penney was responsible for the injuries she sustained during the scuffle. Her husband, Robert, also sued the store, claiming loss of her earnings, service and company. He also sued for loss of “consortium” – a delightful legal term for sex. The argument revolved around two crystal bear figurines. The Tennessee court of appeals dismissed the case saying that retail stores could not be held responsible for the “cut-throat arena of after-Christmas bargain shopping”.

The man who sued… ‘Jackass’ for $10m

In 2002, a man from Hot Springs, Montana, sued the media conglomerate Viacom for $10m claiming that its hit television show Jackass, subsequently turned into a movie, plagiarised his name and defamed his good character.

The plaintiff’s legal name was, indeed, Jack Ass, a moniker he had acquired five years earlier in an effort, he said, to draw attention to the dangers of drunk driving. (“Be a smart ass, not a dumb ass” was one of his slogans.) The man, who was born Bob Croft, acted as his own counsel. It is not clear whether the case ever made it to court.

The man who sued… a strip club for $100,000

In 1996, Bennie Casson of Belleville, Illinois, demanded $100,000 in compensation from a strip club after a dancer slammed her remarkably large breasts into his head causing what he described as a “bruised, contused, lacerated neck”.

Susan Sykes, known by her stage name Busty Hart, boasted an 88-inch chest which supposedly caused him “emotional distress, mental anguish and indignity”. The suit made Casson a laughing stock, and his case ground to a halt after one lawyer dropped out and he realised he could not afford another.

Three years later, he shot himself in the head.

The woman who sued… her employers for $2.7m

A convenience store worker in West Virginia won $2.7m in punitive damages after she injured her back opening a pickle jar in 1997. Cheryl Vandevender claimed she had been mistreated by her employers over a long period and was forced to lift heavy objects even after it was clear it was causing her medical distress. But a state Supreme Court judge, Spike Maynard, called the award an “outrageous sum” and had it reduced by half a million