Top 5 Most Bizarre Legal Defenses

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

5. The Muslim who was spared a speeding ban arguing that he needed to drive between his two wives

When it comes to avoiding a ban for speeding, the courts hear every excuse in the book. But one motorist offered what must be a unique reason why he should keep his license. Mohammed Anwar said a ban would make it difficult to commute between his two wives and fulfil his matrimonial duties.
His lawyer told a Scottish court the Muslim restaurant owner has one wife in Motherwell and another in Glasgow – he is allowed up to four under his religion – and sleeps with them on alternate nights. Anwar was caught driving at 64mph in a 30mph zone in Glasgow, fast enough to qualify for instant disqualification. Anwar admitted the offence, but Sheriff John C. Morris accepted his plea not to be banned and allowed him to keep his license. Instead, he was fined £200 and given six penalty points. Anwar was on his way home from Falkirk to his Glasgow wife on August 21, 2007, when he was caught by city police using a hand-held speed camera.
Anwar’s successful plea joins a long list of unusual excuses heard in the courts down the years. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was cleared of illegally driving on a motorway hard shoulder because he said he was rushing to a toilet. David Beckham also escaped a ban after arguing he had to break the speed limit to escape a photographer.

4. The woman whose defense was that her breasts were too big for her to be able to commit the crime

A Japanese pin-up model had a legal verdict overturned after successfully arguing her breasts were too big to allow her to squeeze through a hole a man alleged she used to gain entry into his room. Serena Kozakura was convicted of property destruction after a man accused her of kicking in his door and crawling inside to confront him about his activities with another woman. Kozakura won her appeal after the Tokyo High Court agreed her 44-inch bust was indeed too large for her to gain entry through the hole. “I used to hate my body so much,” she complained. “But it was my breasts,” she said, that won in court.
3. The barmaid who stabbed her co-worker to death and blamed it on PMS

Twenty-nine-year-old barmaid Sandie Craddock got off a murder charge after stabbing another worker to death when she pleaded diminished responsibility because of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS). The judge accepted the argument that PMS was a mitigating factor in the incident because it turned Craddock “into a raging animal each month”. A review of Craddock’s diaries showed that each of her past 30 convictions and multiple suicide attempts occurred around the same time of her menstrual cycle. Craddock was found guilty of manslaughter, placed on probation and ordered to take progesterone treatment.
2. The teenagers who claimed they were hypnotized by Geto Boys’ music when they committed a crime

The music of the Geto Boys, Houston’s most successful rap act, may have “temporarily hypnotized” two teenagers charged of murder in Kansas, defense attorneys allege. Christopher Martinez, 16, is accused of shooting Bruce Romans as he walked along a Dodge City bridge. Attorneys for Martinez and Vincent Perez, a 16-year-old boy present during the crime, said the combination of marijuana, alcohol and Geto Boys music may have driven the pair temporarily insane. Martinez, Perez and three other teenage boys were listening to a tape, entitled “Geto Boys,” as they drove from a party at 1:30 a.m.. They also played the tape during the party, where they drank malt liquor and smoked marijuana. Upon seeing Romans and another man walking along the road, Martinez announced, “I’m going to cap that dude in the head.” Martinez and Perez got out of the car and Martinez allegedly shot Romans once in the head with a .22 caliber rifle. Romans’ companion crawled to a nearby fire station for help. Martinez and Perez fled, but were later arrested. The defense attorney said some of Martinez’s statements before and after the shooting – specifically references to “capping him in the head” – were similar to lyrics from the Geto Boys tape. In the song “Trigger Happy Nigger,” the Geto Boys describe ways of shooting people. The song includes the line: “Open the safe, and you’d better do it fast, because I’m about to put a cap in your ass.” In “Mind of a Lunatic” – a song the Kansas youths reportedly listened to the night of the crime – includes the lines: “The sight of blood excites me. Shoot you in the head. Sit down and watch you bleed to death.”
1. The woman who used oral-sex as a defense

Heather Specyalski, 33, was charged with manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend Neil Esposito, who’d been thrown from a Mercedes-Benz convertible prosecutors said she was driving. Her defense was that she couldn’t have been driving because she was, in fact, giving Esposito oral sex at the time of the accident. Indeed, paramedics testified that her boyfriend’s body had been found with his pants down, but prosecutors argued that he could’ve been “mooning” or urinating out of the passenger’s side window. Specyalski was acquitted of all charges.


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