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Well, now that certainly explains it! | You voted for who!?

News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

By News of the Weird by Chuck Shepherd

Published Oct. 10, 2016

Well, now that certainly explains it! <B>|</B> You voted for who!?


Anyone's Fault but Mine: Lawyer Andrew Schmuhl, 32, ordered to trial in Fairfax County, Virginia, in May, declared that he was not responsible in 2014 when he invaded the home of a man who had recently fired Schmuhl's wife. Using a Taser, he had held the man and his wife hostage for three hours and ultimately slashed the man's throat and stabbed the woman repeatedly. However, Schmuhl claimed he should be found not guilty because he was "involuntarily" intoxicated at the time -- cluelessly on pain medication that made him oblivious of his actions. (He was convicted.) [Washington Post, 5-13-2016, 6-16-2016]




Brazil has a robust democracy but with very few controls on what candidates may call themselves on ballots. Among those who have run for office in recent years iclude: "John Kennedy Abreu Sousa," "Jimmi Carter Santarem Barroso," "Ladi Gaga," "Christ of Jerusalem," five "Batmans," two "James Bonds," and 16 people whose name contains "Obama." "It's a marketing strategy," said city council candidate Geraldo Custodio, who apparently liked his chances better with the ballot name "Geraldo Wolverine." [New York Times]


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