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Florida Man Arrested for Karate-Kicking Swans

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Rocco Mantella

This jamoke decided to practice his karate moves by going to the park and kicking some swans. HE kicked one in the head, and another in the rear. He also proceeded to kick a small duck who was taking a nap. An eyewitness said it appeared that the suspect, Rocco Mantella, appeared to try to kick them as hard as he could. He is facing charges for animal cruelty which, may be difficult to prove under Florida law, as it does not sound like the animals were maimed or killed… authorities can proceed on a “torment” theory.

Dude… don’t kick birds.

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Widow of Pulse Nightclub Shooter Acquitted

Noor Salman, 31, was acquitted at trial on her charges of Obstruction and Providing Material Support to a Terrorist Organization for her alleged connection to the shooting at the Pulse nightclub that her husband, Omar Mateen, carried out in 2016. Her attorneys argued that she was an abused spouse, that Mateen concealed much about his life from her, and that there was no way she could have known he would attack Pulse nightclub. Ultimately, a jury agreed that the government did not prove her contributions and found her not guilty. Whether or not she could have done something to stop it is another story: but her failure to stop him would not be criminal.

Man Gets $37,000 after Doughnut Arrest

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Daniel Rushing

Daniel Rushing was arrested in 2015 when an officer mistook the glaze from his Krispy Kreme doughnut for Crystal Meth. He bonded out after 10 hours, even though he should not have been locked up at all. He sued the maker of the field test kit, as well as the city, who failed to properly train their officer on how to use the field test. They settled this week for $37,500. That’ll buy Mr. Rushing a lot of doughnuts!

This kind of thing happens more often than you would think. I saw a guy get arrested for patchouli that the officer said tested positive for heroin. A man in Ovideo was recently held for 90 days until a lab test proved that his drywall was not cocaine. He may be seeking an even more substantial lawsuit, that the taxpayers are going to end up footing. And to compound his problems, he may not be able to get the arrest record expunged because he has a prior history, which prohibits expungement under current Florida law.

News of this settlement comes as the City of Fort Myers seeks to finalize a settlement for wrongly arresting football star Nate Allen: which crimcourts will be following closely.

Casey Anthony Breaks her Silence

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Casey Anthony in Court

Casey Anthony spoke publicly for the first time about her case, in which she was accused and acquitted at trial in the death of her infant daughter, Caylee. The case and trial were  media sensation, not just here in Florida, but across the country. She gave a multi-part interview to the AP, which really leaves more questions than it answers. It sounds like she has not maintained a relationship with her parents (her attorney suggested at trial that her father may have been responsible for the death of her child), and she has been living in West Palm Beach, working for the investigator that worked on the case.

 

This is the second time she’s been in the news lately. Last week, Hon. Belvin Perry, the retired judge who had presided over the case and trial, was in the news prognosticating that she may have tried to give the baby chloroform and accidentally caused her death. He concluded it was accidental, in light of no evidence of abuse of the child. That’s just his best-guessing after the fact though, there are no definitive answers as to the real reason for the tragic death of Caylee Anthony.

Police Investigate Granny’s Mahjong Game

mahjongPolice in Altamonte Springs, Florida, got a hot tip about a possible gambling operation going on, and began an investigation. What they found was a bunch of grannies playing Mahjong, aka Mah-Jongg, in their condominium clubhouse. This is not a crime, as Florida has a specific provision allowing penny-ante games at home, and that law has a specific provision that includes condominium common-areas in the permissible playing area. There is a catch that these games cannot be advertised in any way, so the condo had to take down the fliers reminding everyone, but otherwise the games may go on.

This may be of little comfort to the senior citizens of Muncie, Indiana who had to stop playing for cash in their Euchre games earlier this year. That goes for any Florida Euchre players as well, as Euchre is not one of the permissible games under the penny-ante gambling exception in Florida.

The penny-ante games that are permitted in Florida are poker, pinochle, bridge, rummy, canasta, hearts, dominoes, or mahjong (mah-jongg, in the Florida statutes). The pot cannot exceed $10, there cannot be any entry fees (nor a rake), and no advertising. Sorry Euchre players.

The Euchre story: https://crimcourts.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/indiana-gaming-commission-cracks-down-on-euchre-game-at-a-senior-center/

The “We don’t know where the cobra is” owner has been Charged

Mike Kennedy and one of his Snakes

Mike Kennedy and one of his Snakes

Mike Kennedy, previously famous for being on Discovery Channel’s “Airplane Repo” has earned new notoriety this week for allowing his deadly, 8-foot King Cobra snake to escape from the Orlando home where keeps it. While he has the proper permits for the snake, he is now facing criminal charges because hefailed to proptly report the snake’s escape.

Several media outlets are reporting that the charge carries a fine of $366. However, the Orange County Clerk’s page indicates that Mr. Kennedy has been charged with a level 2 FWC rule violation, which  could potentially subject him to up to 60 days in jail, as a second degree misdemeanor. FWC rules specifically state that an owner of this type of venomous, non-indigenous snake must report an escape immediately.

Authorities are still looking to locate Squidge the snake and return him safeliy to captivity.

Truck Full of Sharks Crashes

According to the News 13 story, they were Sandbar Sharks (or brown sharks), which are common. That begs the question for me, why did local law enforcement prosecute somebody for catching one of them, but it’s no problem for 5 of them to be cruising down the highway?

And it’s been a while since we’ve had a reason to say this, but thanks to Sea World for putting up the stranded sharks! #onlyinflorida Also, in case you didn’t see it, just a few days ago another Florida Man tried to sell a live shark outside a supermarket. FWC decided to let him off with a warning (the shark was released).

News 13 image of shark rescue