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A Montana district judge ruled in January that for a homicide suspect with apparent multiple personalities, exercise of a Miranda right by one of them carries over to all the others. Tessa Haley lawyered up when police sought to question her about the stabbing death of her roommate, and though police questioning ceased, Haley transformed into “Martha” and spontaneously confessed to the crime, according to officers. Judge Thomas Honzel ruled that Martha’s statements could not be used against Haley (although Haley is still free under existing law to argue that she is not responsible for Martha’s crime).
Among the fashions introduced at the seasonal shows in Milan, Italy, in January was British designer Vivienne Westwood’s “Man” collection, featuring male-only items with frilly cuffs and sleeves and bonnet-like scarves, along with tight, knit sweater sets and jumpers worn over male models’ fake breasts. Westwood (a pioneer of punk clothing in the 1970s) said her design had something to do with “how men are so attached to the breast of their mother, a symbol of eternal warmth.”
Michael Brown, 33, was arrested in Marked Tree, Ark., in January and charged with burglarizing the lobby of the Marked Tree Bank after security cameras caught him hauling away a clock radio, a CD player and a handful of Dum-Dum suckers, which the bank has on hand for customers’ children. The next morning, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, police followed a trail of Dum-Dum wrappers down Frisco Street, across the railroad tracks, and into the mobile home park where Brown lives.
A study by psychology professor Barry Jones (Glasgow University) found that men and women who have had three beers perceive people of the opposite sex as 25 percent more attractive than they did before they started drinking (August).
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