In honour of the 4th of July, I decided to make this week's edition of Weird and Wacky Wednesdays focus on weird and wacky legal cases that are distinctly American. From the Flintstones Vitamins of the rave scene, to the multi-million dollar legal award for "mental anguish" after a botched music festival, to a man who loved his girlfriend just a little too much, this week is a roundup of crazy legal cases that will make you shake your head and say "Only in America."
Trump-Shaped Ecstasy Pill Bust
The one thing you notice when you spend a little time in America, leading up to the 4th of July holiday, is the impressive amount of patriotically emblazoned goods for sale. Literally anything can be purchased with an American flag flying proudly on the front of it. And apparently illicit drugs are no exception. The police in Indiana made one hundred and twenty nine arrests, busting a drug ring that were smuggling, among other things, ecstasy pills shaped like Donald Trump, with the words "Great Again" inscribed on the reverse.
With 272 drug-related charges in total, it will likely be a while before things are great again for the accused individuals here.
Fyre Music Festival $5 Million Lawsuit
Okay, America is known as the land of the free and the home of the brave jury awarding excessive amounts in ludicrous lawsuits. But this lawsuit strikes me as absolutely ridiculous. While it is clear that those who attended the ill-fated Fyre Music Festival are due some damages for their losses, a $5 Million legal award including $1 Million in punitive damages and $1.5 Million for compensatory damages is over the top. Particularly when those who brought this stupid lawsuit shelled out about $13,000 for VIP packages, and flights.
The jump from $25,000, which is what they asked for in their lawsuit, to $5 Million appears to be based on their pain and suffering. Because while on the private island they jetted to for this music festival, the gentleman saw a Bahamian Native carrying a machine gun. Implicit undertone: a black man with a gun scared two rich white boys. Sorry, gents, I don't get how you can be frightened by a gun when you're from America and guns are literally everywhere. At least the hot coffee lady had actual serious burns.
Did he not expose himself to this? I would wonder if consent is a defence to this charge. And also whether self-defence against a boyfriend who clearly needs to get his priorities straight. I'll be very interested to see how the defence strategy plays out in this case, but suspect it will end in a quiet and quick plea bargain.
Oh, and I highly recommend watching the video. The narration is excellent.
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