Monday, March 05, 2007

On the Lighter Side ...

A couple of items of news from the "lighter side" of the legal world:

1. Sex With Roadkill
Yep. You read that heading correctly. Courtesy of The Legal Reader comes the story of one Ronald E. Kuch, from Bay County, Michigan:

Bay County Circuit Judge Joseph K. Sheeran ruled Friday that even though Michigan law does not explicitly define sex with a dead dog as a crime, charges against a Saginaw man will stand.
Sheeran set a trial date of May 8 for the trial, when Ronald E. Kuch, 45, of Saginaw will face charges of sodomy, indecent exposure and resisting and obstructing an Animal Control officer. If convicted of either of the first two charges, Kuch will then have a hearing on May 30, at which Sheeran will determine whether Kuch is a ''sexually delinquent person.'' If so, the judge could sentence Kuch to prison for any amount of time, from one day to a year, on top of the sentence from the initial charges, which carry up to 15 years in prison.

Kuch's defense attorney, Kathryn Fehrman, argued that Michigan's statute on sodomy and bestiality is vague and does not outlaw sex with a dead dog. Kuch is accused of sexual contact with the carcass of his girlfriend's dog on Oct. 20, about a week after the animal had been hit by a car. The alleged crime occurred near the Forest Day Care Center, 2169 W. Midland Road, on a school day. The teacher was leading an Animal Control officer to the dead dog so he could dispose of it when the pair discovered Kuch, who allegedly scuffled with the officer before fleeing into the woods.

Not so sure that I could be the attorney to make the argument that the statute on sodomy and bestiality "is vague and does not outlaw sex with a *dead* dog." Yikes. Perhaps even more troubling is the fact that this is not the first such story to catch The Legal Reader's eye; an earlier similar story involved Bryan Hathaway who was accused of having sex with a dead deer. His defense? Eerily similarly, he also argued that because the deer was *dead* his actions were not covered by criminal statutes.

2. Misspelled Tattoo
Courtesy of How Appealing comes the sad story of Michael Duplessis of Chicago. Michael wanted to have "CHI-TOWN" tattooed onto his chest above a rendering of the Chicago skyline. Unfortunately, the artist misspelled the tat and put "CHI-TONW." Could proofreading be more important in any profession than that of tattoo artist? More details available courtesy of Chicago Business


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