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Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
New York City judge Laura Blackburne came under fire from the police in June when she helped Derek Sterling (described by police as a “convicted drug dealer” but in a rehab program) escape out a side door of her courtroom so that he could avoid a detective poised to arrest him for a May robbery. She said she was angry that the detective didn’t clear the arrest with her in advance. (Blackburne was already notorious for recently releasing a man charged with attempting to kill a police officer, ruling that he had not received a speedy trial.)
Survival Instinct: In September, Jerry Allen Bradford of Pensacola, Fla., had in mind to put his seven German shepherd-mix puppies down because he could not find them homes, and had already shot three and was carrying two other dogs, and his .38-caliber revolver, in his arms. According to a sheriff’s report, that’s when one of the two condemned dogs managed to press his paw on the trigger, firing and hitting Bradford on the wrist. He was treated at a hospital, and the sharpshooter and his three siblings were placed for adoption.
Cynthia Gorden filed a lawsuit in Chicago in May asking a judge to prevent the airing of her appearance on a “Judge Mathis” syndicated television show (for which litigants audition to appear in person in a raucous courtroom setting, making their arguments and allowing Mathis to render a decision). According to the lawsuit, Gorden, who came on the program to aggressively sue her own mother, said it was the program staff’s fault that she wound up embarrassing herself.
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