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Monday, December 8, 2014

#REVIEW: Professor Birdsong's 365 Weird Criminal Law Stories by Leonard Birdsong

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Professor Birdsong’s Weird 365: Weird Criminal Law Stories for Every day of the Year This time the professor uses his expertise and experience in criminal law to bring forth his “365,” weird criminal law stories for each day of the year. This is his funniest volume of criminal law stories mostly from around the States to date. This book covers more than a lot of silly and unlawful conduct one could imagine. Full of his witty “Birdsong” commentary and observations the book is sure to deliver some great laughs. There’s a story about the 54-year-old man who attempts to perform an exorcism on his 80-year-old girlfriend to get the devil out of her; a story about a Czech man who uses a chain saw to slice his way back into a restaurant after closing time; a story of an alleged child pornographer caught downloading child porn on his phone while being question at police headquarters; a story about a Tennessee man who had a stroke who thought he was dying confessed to a 1977 murder – he didn’t die and now is facing a murder charge; a “drunken dummy” or two; and a wide variety of just plain, stupid criminals that make this anthology worth reading.

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 RATING: 3 1/2 stars

Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In this book there are 363 stories of criminals doing stupid things, sometimes even getting away with it. Yes, I wrote 363, because there are two stories that are repeated. Yes, either I am OCD enough to realize this, or my brain just remembers useless things so that I would remember reading two stories twice. I did go back and verify that I did indeed read them.
The stories are very short, just a brief two or three sentence synopsis of the crime and how they were caught (or not). I think my favorite is a toss-up between the criminal who went to the electricity payment center and demanded money (they only accept checks), or the one legged guy who got away on foot from the two cops and the equine cop who was called in as well.
Overall, this is a fast moving, amusing book. The author's books are like reading episodes of Cops. If you enjoy watching the show to see how silly the criminals are, you will love to read this book.

About the author:

birdsong-colorProfessor Birdsong received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Howard University. He teaches law in Orlando, Florida. After graduation from law school he worked four years at the law firm of Baker Hostetler. He then entered into a varied and distinguished career in government service. He served as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department with various postings in Nigeria, Germany and the Bahamas. Professor Birdsong later served as a federal prosecutor. After leaving government service, and before he began teaching, Professor Birdsong was in private law practice in Washington, D.C.  Twitter | Website | Email

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