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Man Goes to Courthouse to Defend DUI Charge. Drunk.

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An Indiana man showed up to dispute a drunken-driving charge while intoxicated. Michael D. Schroyer, 48, allegedly was stumbling in the courthouse when officers asked if he had been drinking. Schroyer responded, “Hell, yeah. I drink every day.” The Ellsworth man then struggled with officers as they attempted to take his car keys before he could leave the parking lot. During …

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Carnie Crime

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A carnival ride operator has been charged with simple battery after he allegedly “slapped [a girl] on her buttocks” while she started to get on a slide in the funhouse. Nicholas Berg, 28, worked the ride during Chasco Fiesta in the town of New Port Richey, near Tampa. According to police, Berg claimed he simply touched the girl on her back …

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Prison Break-In

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Matthew Matagrano, 36, may serve 10 years in prison after repeatedly trying to sneak into jails because the inmates where “nice.” The Manhattan man is accused of sneaking into jails in four boroughs because they gave him food and made him feel important. According to police, Matagrano, who formerly served time in Rikers Island, would dress up as a Department …

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What Happens When a Crackhead Goes Through Security?

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They say, “stupid is as stupid does” and that goes double for William Gillespie. The 29-year-old Erie, Pennsylvania man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia, after he tried to enter the county courthouse with more than a dozen bags of crack cocaine. Gillespie was passing through the courthouse …

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5 Things Not to Do at Barrister's Ball

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The great Disney philosopher Tony Perkis once stated, “Can you smell it? There’s a life force in here tonight. Do you feel it?” Today, that statement could not be truer. I can feel it in my plums. Its electric in the hallowed halls of jurisprudence. Its Barrister’s Ball time! Law schools across the country are setting up tables in their …

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Food Fight! Dispute About Spuds Ends in Jail

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Tempers escalated during a disagreement over mashed potatoes, resulting in a woman charging the victim with a box cutter. Shaquina S. Hill, 23, was charged with menacing and harassment after she attacked her dinner guest. Hill first grabbed box cutters then began throwing things at the victim, including a heavy ceramic vase and a coffee table. Two questions: First, how …

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