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Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 163

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we will be swimming through a new lawsuit brought on by the naked Nirvana pool baby. Then we’ll head over to where else but Florida, where a man decided a snickers bar was worth jail time. And finally, we will head overseas to Sri Lanka, where new drunk driving laws have just been implemented-the catch being they have nothing to do with driving a car!

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 162

Morality and criminal law go hand in hand. Recently on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we’ve focused on themes including the frailty of human decision-making and what’s behind it.

As a criminal lawyer, I often see clients get into trouble due to alcohol, impulsiveness and sexual desires. This week we cover all these topics, beginning with an unusual impulsive high-speed chase, moving on to an “alcohol-involved” accidental shooting and wrapping up with a gratuitous semi-public sex story.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 161, the All Bears Edition

Reflecting on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays one might conclude that it is an inquiry into human frailty. There are themes, but the overarching leitmotif is that of the decision making of humans. To give them the benefit of the doubt (coming from the world of criminal defence) one assumes that, to those individuals, their decisions probably seemed like good decisions to them at the time. At least for a moment before things went awry. 

Humans are simply animals and laws govern us so we can live together. Generally, we all understand that there are laws. Animals don’t really have much more than the law of the jungle. When they run up against humans, they may be governed by laws they will never understand.

This week, in the all-bears edition of Weird and Wacky Wednesdays we will look at bears breaking the law. How can bears break the law? They can’t understand the law. Well, the same could be said for many humans.

Let’s now investigate the issue of bears unlawfully in cars.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 160

Alcohol, proclivity and thrill seeking are common reasons people commit crimes. As these are all natural human failings, sometimes I wonder why we are so bothered by them. Sure, we have plenty of sympathy for the person who steals a loaf of bread to feed their family. But there is more than hunger that drives human behaviour.

This week we will review alcohol-fueled pasta shenanigans, developments in the thrill-seeking jetpack community and we have an update on an Elmo-based story that, well, is worthy of bothering us.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 159

It’s completely understandable that so many of us feel the urge to travel at this point of the summer after spending so much time at home over the last 16 months. Still, home is where the heart is, there’s no place like home and there’s nothing like returning to your own bed.

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays we have stories about home. We’ll start with a historic home, then on to a Trumpish home that should never have been and close with intentional damage to a home with a strange connection to yellow.

What constitutes distracted driving?

What exactly constitutes ‘distracted’ has always been a bit complicated. It should be obvious that holding a phone in your hand, whether you are texting, on a phone call, or even changing a song, means you are focusing on something other than the road, and therefore driving distracted. However, based on a new ruling in the BC Court of Appeal that happened yesterday, what constitutes distracted driving may have been clarified a bit, and it appears, it is no longer limited to just a phone in hand.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 158

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays often raises more questions than anything. It’s not my expectation that people come here each Wednesday for answers – I get that. This week is, perhaps, an extreme example. And the questions this week are all about litigation (rather than foolish criminal behaviour). We start with a strange tactical litigation decision concerning an appeal and move on to a lawsuit that you don’t want on your shoes. Finally, we’ll close it off with the story of a lawyer in trouble.

Pitfalls of Self-Representation in Traffic Court

Traffic court is a very confusing and often frightening place for self-represented litigants. Unfortunately, that can sometimes result in people being taken advantage of by police officers who are trained in the law and rules of evidence in traffic court. It can also result in people not knowing when the court is making a legally incorrect ruling.

A recent BC Supreme Court traffic ticket appeal case demonstrates some of the pitfalls of being unrepresented in a system that can feel stacked against you.

Weird and Wacky Wednesdays: Volume 157

This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the case of someone who is taking the “make it Lego” fad a little too far. Like, way too far. Then, we look at what happens when you make the wrong inquiries about using wifi. Lastly, we examine the case of a very explosive toilet visit.

Follow the jump to learn more about this week’s weirdest and wackiest legal cases from around the globe!

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