Book Review: 365 Weird Criminal Law Stories

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:41 AM

Monday, December 15, 2014

This volume of Professor Birdsong’s Weird Criminal Law Stories is written just for fun and enjoyment. This time around he brings you his “365” Weird Criminal Law: Stories for Every Day of the Year. He hopes it will bring you laughs all year long.

Professor Birdsong has been involved in serious criminal law work over the years as a federal prosecutor, a defense attorney, and a law professor, However, he knows that it is good to get a good laugh at least once every day. That is why several years ago he began to collect and edit from the wire services and news the types of weird and funny criminal law stories that appear in this volume.

Professor Leonard Birdsong lives in Orlando, Florida where he teaches Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Evidence, and Immigration Law. He has written many scholarly legal pieces since joining the legal academy.
Professor Birdsong writes in the areas of the Criminal Law, Death Penalty Law, Evidence, and Refugee Law. A number of U.S. courts have cited Professor Birdsong’s scholarly pieces in their opinions: including the state Supreme Courts of Idaho, Illinois, New Jersey and Utah.

This work that you have purchased is not one of those scholarly pieces!

You may find other volumes of Professor Birdsong’s Weird Criminal Law Stories at Amazon.com, or by going to his website: Leonard Birdsong.com.

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Professor Birdsong’s Weird 365: Weird Criminal Law Stories for Every day of the Year365 weird criminal  banner 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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Professor 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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If you love page a day calendars, shows about the world's dumbest criminals and quick reads, this book is for you. Each story is no more than a short paragraph and while not all are amusing, most will leave you shaking your head. I'm not sure if I should be horrified that so many of the ones just in January took place here in Michigan... I'm just going to tell myself that in every batch, there are a few odd shaped apples. Honestly though, this book will have you shaking your head, grinning and being tempted to read the entire month in one sitting. I found it hard to put down because I wanted to see what weird thing someone was going to do next. I think this would make a great stocking stuffer, white elephant gift or secret santa.

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