This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the case of a Florida man who really, really loves Florida. Then, we look at how lawyers should not use social media. I mean, they should. Just not in this way. Finally, we examine the case of a lawyer who was engaged in some unusual multi-tasking during a court hearing.
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If you’re going to get arrested over something dumb, you should do it in Florida. Better yet, you should do your dumb thing in Florida while having drugs on you. And if you really want to take the cake, you should do it while having drugs in your possession, in Florida, while professing your love for Florida.
Meet Matthew Kyle Leatham.
He was arrested after he called 911 looking for a ride home. And when that was obviously refused, he verbally abused the call-taker. This prompted the police to offer him a ride… to jail. And when he was arrested, police found that he was in possession of cannabis, which is illegal in the state of Florida.
But that’s not the best part.
The best part is that Mr. Leatham has a really bad tattoo of the great state of Florida on his forehead, directly between his eyebrows. I love Florida as much as the next guy, but this is something else.
Social Media Gone Wrong
If you’re a lawyer, you should already know that what you put on your social media is considered marketing. Which means that what you put on your social media you should be very careful about.
But much different than being cool with TikTok dancing, lawyers should probably not use their social media to create lengthy posts explaining how to get away with criminal offences. Like this Tennessee Lawyer who got suspended from the Bar after writing a blog post on Facebook explaining how to get away with shooting an abusive spouse.
And while I’m all for providing strategies to people to get rid of their abusers, I prefer to make my explanations more, um, lawful.
Don’t Have Sex During Court Hearings
In Peru, a lawyer representing a group of men accused of being members of a violent gang was caught doing something that you also should not be doing. At least, not in a Zoom court hearing.
Yes, he was engaged in full-on sex during a hearing.
And I will be the first to admit that I’ve checked my email during a Zoom court appearance but I have certainly not engaged in the down and dirty while my clients were going down for allegedly being dirty.
The judge stopped the proceedings right away and reamed out the lawyer, because duh.