That's Not Funny. Okay, Maybe a Little.

By Neetal Parekh on January 19, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Crime is serious. But criminals, sometimes not so much.  Whether you are studying law or practicing it, you might be able to use a break from the gravity of the law to appreciate, well, its occasional unintended humor.

  • Who needs a confession when you have a ransom note?

"Steven Alan Locasio called a number left on a ransom note to negotiate a deal to get his marijuana back.

Little did he know, the suspicious ransom note was left by police detectives to lure the pot grower. "Thanks for the grow! You want them back? Call for the price...we'll talk" read the note left in place of Locasio's stash that was growing on a lot near his apartment..."  Read Police Detectives Lure Suspected Pot Grower with Ransom Note (FindLaw's Legally Weird).

  • Putting your foot in your mouth is one thing...but shooting it is quite another.

"Michael Anthony Randall Jr. literally shot himself in the foot.

According to the Augusta Chronicle, Randall, a teen robbery suspect, shot himself in the foot while preparing to rob a convenience store on the west side of Athens, Georgia." Read Teen Robbery Suspect Shot Himself in the Foot (FindLaw's Legally Weird)

  • Law associates and students: keep the biting figurative, please.

"They must serve very small portions at the popular Memphis eatery Dish; because clearly, litigation attorney Mark Lambert was still hungry during an evening bathroom brawl with self-employed hair dresser Greg Herbers. So hungry, that he bit Herbers' on the nose, allegedly removing quite a chunk of his victim's nostril."  Read Shark Attack! Lawyer Allegedly Bit Nose Off Man, Gets Sued (FindLaw's Legally Weird)

  • DUI...gone horse and buggy.

"In case there's been some confusion, operating just about any type of vehicle while intoxicated generally counts as driving under the influence.

In Pennsylvania, a drunk Amish man found slumped over asleep in his horse & buggy provides yet another illustration of this rule." Read DUI by Horse & Buggy: Again, Just about Any Vehicle Counts (FindLaw's Legally Weird)

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