Weird Legal Week in Review and the Chupacabra


I normally don’t write this type of blog but this has been one of the strangest weeks for legal news I’ve seen in a while. I don’t know where to begin. How ’bout Burt Reynolds and his foreclosure woes? As many Americans face foreclosure due to predatory loans, Mr. Reynolds is looking at losing his Florida mansion. Bet he wishes he could do another Smokey and The Bandit sequel. If you have foreclosure issues, you need to call Frank Coxwell for advice.

You like hot sauce on your food? That’s good but please don’t use it to punish your children like this Alaska woman did. I just don’t even know what this woman was thinking. Her trial is going on as I type this.

And what’s up with Gerard Depardieu? The French movie star apparently had a bladder issue on a recent flight and, well, relieved himself on the plane. What’s wrong with that you ask? Well, he relieved himself on the floor of the plane. Allegedly. He went oui oui oui all over the place! (You see what I did there? He’s French so I used “oui” instead of “wee”. Nevermind) Good thing he didn’t do DeparTWO instead.

But what about the University of Miami athletic program? Nevin Shapiro, one of the university’s biggest boosters has decided to blow the lid off all the money and other perks he has been showering on “the U’s athletes for the last decade. Shapiro made his money defrauding investors in an elaborate Ponzi scheme. Well, at least he did reinvest some of his money back into the community, right?

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg if facing a lawsuit by a former classmate who is seeking half ownership of the popular networking site. The former classmate, Paul Ceglia, claims that he has a contract signed by himself and Zuckerberg which shows that he gave Zuckerberg $1,000 in startup money to create his idea, which was Facebook. The man’s lawsuit claims that when he hired Zuckerberg as a Harvard University freshman to work on the Streetfax business in 2003, he gave him $1,000 in start-up money for his fledgling Facebook idea with the condition he’d own half if it expanded. The problem? Facebook believes that for his lawsuit, Ceglia altered the Streetfax contract to insert references to Facebook. Ouch.

And then there’s the crystal meth dealer. When police raided his California home they found…tombstones. And I’m talking about Tombstone Pizzas but real tombstones. Apparently he had taken the tombstones from a local cemetery. Why? I don’t know and neither do the police but you kids out there can learn a lesson from this: doing drugs will make you steal tombstones so don’t do it.

Late show host David Letterman received a death threat from a Muslim militant which the FBI is taken seriously. Apparently terrorists are not fond of Letterman’s Top Ten Lists. Who knew?

And finally a non-legal story which caught my attention was the capture of the legendary Chupacabra. The Chupacabra was thought to be mythical and legendary but it appears to be very real. I’m still waiting on someone to capture Big Foot however.

And there ya have it. Have you seen any weird legal news this week? If so, let us hear about it. Chuck Mullins has been dealing with weird, and non-weird, legal issues for almost 17 years. Learn more about him at the firm’s website.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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