Thursday, August 14, 2014

'Weird Criminal Law Stories Volume VI: Women in Trouble!' by Leonard Birdsong


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More silly and unlawful conduct by women than anyone could ever imagine!

There’s a story for everyone in this book. You can read about the 6-foot, 400-pound woman arrested for fraud with $26,000 found stuffed in her very ample bra; stories of women who get naked and do disorderly things like steal cars, smash windshields and freak out in airports; the story of the dying woman who asked her husband to have a replica of her vagina carved on her tombstones which he could look at instead of chasing women after her death; stories of women teachers who have sexual affairs with high school boys; a woman who called New Haven police from a nightclub to give her a ride home; a story about a Texas women who asks her son to set a snake afire in her backyard and burns down her house; a story of a Japanese madam who specializes in providing 330-pound prostitutes to men who like women with “explosive boobs and butts”; a story about an Arizona lady who was the spokesperson for the State Department of Public Safety who was forced to resign when she learned that she was an undocumented alien living illegally in the U.S.; a “drunken dummy” or two; and a wide variety of just plain, stupid criminal stories about women in trouble that make this anthology worth reading. It is Professor Birdsong’s funniest yet!

**My thoughts**

There is a reason that they say truth is stranger than fiction. These true stories of unlawful shenanigans will make you shake your head, roll your eyes, and on occasion laugh out loud. These are the people who find their way onto Weird News segments, or the bottoms of articles in publications like Reader's Digest and Uncle John's Bathroom Readers. Many of them live on in infamy, not for their tremendous contributions to society, but because of their sheer stupidity. It really makes one want to weep for the future.

This isn't a book that you want to sit down and read from cover to cover all at once. I think you can better appreciate it if you take it in installments, much like you would when reading those other publications I mentioned. It would be great to have sitting on your coffee table, as it would definitely lead to some interesting conversations with guests! It could also be a great little piece to pass some time on the throne, if it were available in a hard copy. (No judgment passed on those who keep an ereader on hand for those moments.) 

I did sometimes feel like the added commentary was trying a little too hard. Then again, his commentary was at war with my own commentary that was screaming in my head as I read each little tidbit. This is another reason that I would recommend reading this book in installments. 

My favorite stories were probably the ones that came directly out of Ohio. I grew up there, so I am always amused to see dumb stories from back home. I can more easily picture the shenanigans as they happen. Thank you, Professor Birdsong, for providing me with some entertainment!

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About the Author:

birdsong-colorbirdsong-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.
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