In a case of mistaken identity, an inmate spent 17 years in prison until they found his doppelganger who has the same cornrows, facial hair, and first name.
A Swedish man was wrongly imprisoned for a murder for 14 years until a true-crime podcast brought out clues that led to his exoneration. Awarded a record sum in damages of 18 million SEK, he now lives in Canary Islands with his wife who was his Spanish-language teacher in prison.
Researchers examined more than 1,000 decisions by eight Israeli judges who ruled on convicts’ parole requests. Judges granted 65 percent of requests they heard at the beginning of the day’s session and almost none at the end. Right after a snack break, approvals jumped back to 65 percent again.
A deer poacher in Missouri is sentenced to watch Bambi once every month during his yearlong prison term.
In 2005, a New York Judge jailed 46 people when a cell phone rang in Court and no one took responsibility.
In Saudi Arabia justice system the arrested are often not informed the crime they are accused of or given access to a lawyer and are subject to torture if they don’t confess. At trial, there’s a presumption of guilt and the accused is often unable to present a legal defense.
US District Judge William Alsup learnt Java in order to better judge the Oracle vs. Google case.
A judge sentenced convicted murderer William Hammons to life in prison without the possibility of parole, with one additional term: he must spend every anniversary of his victim’s death in solitary confinement.
Wrongful convict Shareef Cousin was arrested on the basis of an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers. It was later discovered that the officer who arrested him was the one who phoned in the tip and collected the 10K reward.
In 17th century Italy conjoined twins were on trial for murder. Authorities arrested Lazarus after he stabbed a man for teasing his parasitic twin brother. Though he was sentenced to death the court let him go, finding that they could not execute him without killing his innocent conjoined twin.
Heinz was caught underfilling its ketchup bottles and was ordered to overfill its ketchup bottles for the next year.