In 1818, an Englishman accused of murder demanded a trial by combat. Surprisingly, the law that allowed for trial by combat was still valid, and the man was acquitted when his accuser declined the offer of battle. Trial by combat was abolished the following year.
In 1906, a three-year-old Swiss toddler was convicted to three and a half months’ imprisonment for “theft.”
In 2007, a Texas man saw his neighbor’s empty house being burglarized. He told 911, “I’m not gonna let them get away with it.” After they left the house he said, “I’m gonna kill him”, and then went outside and shot both men in the back, killing them. The grand jury found it was justified.
According to Article VIII of the Outer Space Treaty of 1967, you can be arrested for a crime committed anywhere in the known universe.
A billionaire on house arrest in Florida was allowed to charter a plane and fly himself and his guards to Texas to see his ailing mother.
In Orlando Florida, heavily-armed SWAT teams raided nine barbershops and arrested 34 people for barbering without a license.
A German man was locked up in a high-security psychiatric hospital for claiming that a bank was involved with money-laundering, and was released years later when the bank was raided for money-laundering. The responsible bavarian Secretary of Justice and the involved psychiatrists were not punished/didn’t have to face any consequences.
In 1981, a man who had been bullying residents of a small Missouri town was murdered in broad daylight when 46 townspeople rose up against him, in an act of vigilante justice. No charges were ever filed despite their being 30 – 40 witness to the shooting.
In 2012 a dad in Canada was arrested and strip searched after his 4 year old daughter drew a picture of a gun in school. She said he used it to shoot “bad guys and monsters.” He didn’t own a gun.