This week on Weird and Wacky Wednesdays, we look at the case of what happens when there’s a … oh, you’ll find out. Then, we look at why you shouldn’t be a jerk when you are extremely wealthy. Finally, we examine how not to dig yourself into a deeper hole after a Zoom mishap in court.
Follow the jump to learn more about this week’s Weirdest and Wackiest legal cases from around the globe!
That is not what cockpit means
A former Southwest Airlines flight pilot has been sentenced for committing a lewd act in a cockpit, by exposing himself to colleagues, watching pornography, and other acts. Look, my dude, I know it’s called a cockpit but that is not what it is meant to be for.
Also, interestingly because the plane was in the air at the time, a question arose as to where to charge the pilot. Eventually, it was determined that he could be charged in Maryland because that was which state the plane was flying over when the incident occurred. But does this mean that if he was flying over multiple states while the act continued he would be charged with several offences in different states?
All that expense for nothing
If you’re rich enough to buy yourself a Rolls Royce, you should maybe not be a total douchebag about it. Take, for example, the owner of this vehicle. Well, its former owner. The man was not satisfied with the Hermes leather interior of the Rolls Royce Phantom he purchased. So he took it to Russia, where he had it reupholstered with an endangered crocodile.
But when he tried to bring the vehicle back into Italy, it was seized at the border because importing endangered crocodile skins is unlawful.
But… it’s really hard to feel bad for the guy.
Keep that bird offscreen
As we have had a year of Zoom trials, Zoom courts, and Zoom mishaps, it was only inevitable that we would also see a whole range of in-court Zoom incidents. But I never expected to see this one. A lawyer in Lansing, Michigan was conducting an appeal in Michigan’s Court of Appeals. During oral arguments, he raised his middle finger to the screen to flip off opposing counsel.
But his camera was not turned off, as he had thought.
Worse still, is that the lawyer claimed at first he was just pointing to his screen. Then when the judges did not buy his explanation, he claimed that he was giving the middle finger to his computer in frustration that it was not working properly.
No matter what, the Court did not accept that this was not an offensive gesture designed to humiliate the proceedings, and so it fined him $3000.