xxxNews Of The Weirdxxx
Bizarre but true stories about real people collected by syndicated columnist Chuck Shepherd.
Maxcy Dean Filer made News of the Weird in 1989 for his legendary relentlessness in that, after graduating from law school, he failed the California bar exam 46 times, finally passing in 1991. He now practices in Compton, Calif., but last year was put on probation for failing to file a particular document, and was scheduled to take an exam in March on ethics and professional responsibility. Though exams have not been good to Filer, the result of this one has not been reported.
Protesters filed a lawsuit against New York City recently, raising familiar complaints about police behavior: that NYPD harassed peaceful demonstrators during a 2004 rally, herded participants into pens, and intimidated speakers and supporters with threats. However, the plaintiff in this lawsuit is the police officers’ union, whose members were protesting the slow pace of contract negotiations with the city.
A 44-year-old man was arrested for DUI in Australia’s Northern Territory in March after he asked a police officer how to get to the hard-to-miss Uluru (Ayers Rock, the huge, 1,000-foot-high rock formation that appears red in sunlight), which was about 300 feet in front of him, illuminated in his headlights.
Police were investigating the Hell’s Angels chapter in Stockholm, Sweden, in February after 70 members claimed government benefits for being “depressed.” Police said the gang had largely abandoned its reliance on shootouts and bomb attacks and moved into crimes like tax fraud.
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