Stupid Criminals

Washington State: When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find an ill man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.

Georgia: Investigating a purse snatching, detectives picked up a man who fit the thief's description and drove him back to the scene. He was told to exit the car and face the victim for an I.D. The suspect carefully eyed the victim, and blurted, "Yeah, that's the woman I robbed".

Kentucky: Two men tried to pull the front off a cash machine by running a chain from the machine to the bumper of their pickup truck. Instead of pulling the front panel off the machine, though, they pulled the bumper off their truck. Scared, they left the scene and drove home. With the chain still attached to the machine. With their bumper still attached to the chain. With their vehicle's license plate still attached to the bumper.

South Carolina: A man walked into a local police station, dropped a bag of cocaine on the counter, informed the desk sergeant that it was substandard cut, and asked that the person who sold it to him be arrested immediately.

Indiana: A man walked up to a cashier at a grocery store and demanded all the money in the register. When the cashier handed him the loot, he fled--leaving his wallet on the counter.

Texas: A man convicted of robbery worked out a deal to pay $9600 in damages rather than serve a prison sentence. For payment, he provided the court a check--a *forged* check. He got 10 years.

(Location Unknown): A man went into a drug store, pulled a gun, announced a robbery, and pulled a Hefty-bag face mask over his head--and realized that he'd forgotten to cut eyeholes in the mask.

(Location Unknown): A man walked into a Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled--leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer? Fifteen dollars.

Real Excerpts from Court Transcripts & Depositions

The following are 37 questions actually asked of witnesses by attorneys during trials or at depositions and, in certain cases, the responses given by insightful witnesses:
  1. "Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?"
  2. "The youngest son, the twenty-year old, how old is he?"
  3. "Were you present when your picture was taken?"
  4. "Were you alone or by yourself?"
  5. "Was it you or your younger brother who was killed in the war?"
  6. "Did he kill you?"
  7. "How far apart were the vehicles at the time of the collision?"
  8. "You were there until the time you left, is that true?"
  9. "How many times have you committed suicide?"
  10. Q: "So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?"
    A: "Yes."
    Q: "And what were you doing at that time?"
  11. Q: "She had three children, right?"
    A: "Yes."
    Q: "How many were boys?"
    A: "None."
    Q: "Were there any girls?"
  12. Q: "You say that the stairs went down to the basement?"
    A: "Yes."
    Q: "And these stairs, did they go up also?"
  13. Q: "Mr. Slattery, you went on a rather elaborate honeymoon, didn't you?"
    A: "I went to Europe, Sir."
    Q: "And you took your new wife?"
  14. Q: "How was your first marriage terminated?"
    A: "By death."
    Q: "And by who's death was it terminated?"
  15. Q: "Can you describe the individual?"
    A: "He was about medium height and had a beard."
    Q: "Was this a male, or a female?"
  16. Q: "Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?"
    A: "No, this is how I dress when I go to work."
  17. Q: "Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?"
    A: "All my autopsies are performed on dead people."
  18. Q: "And lastly, all your responses must be oral, OK? What school did you go to?"
    A: "Oral."
    Q. How old are you?
    A. Oral.
  19. Q: "Do you recall the time that you examined the body?"
    A: "The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.."
    Q: "And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?"
    A: "No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy."
  20. Q. The truth of the matter is that you were not an unbiased, objective witness, isn't it. You too were shot in the fracas?
    A. No, sir. I was shot midway between the fracas and the naval.
  21. Q: "Are you qualified to give a urine sample?"
    A: "I have been since early childhood."
  22. Q: "Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?"
    A: "No."
    Q: "Did you check for blood pressure?"
    A: "No."
    Q: "Did you check for breathing?"
    A: "No."
    Q: "So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?"
    A: "No."
    Q: "How can you be so sure, Doctor?"
    A: "Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar."
    Q: "But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?"
    A: "It is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere."
  23. Q. Have you lived in this town all your life?
    A. Not yet.
  24. Q. You don't know what it was, and you didn't know what it looked like, but can you describe it?
  25. Q. So you were gone until you returned?
  26. Q. Could you see him from where you were standing?
    A. I could see his head.
    Q. And where was his head?
    A. Just above his shoulders.
  27. Q. What is the meaning of sperm being present?
    A. It indicates intercourse.
    Q. Male sperm?
    A. That is the only kind I know.
  28. Q. How long have you been a French Canadian?
  29. Q. Do you drink when you're on duty?
    A. I don't drink when I'm on duty, unless I come on duty drunk.
  30. Q. ...any suggestions as to what prevented this from being a murder trial instead of an attempted murder trial?
    A. The victim lived.
  31. Q. Was that the same nose you broke as a child?
  32. Q. Do you have any children or anything of that kind?
  33. Q. What is your name?
    A. Ernestine McDowell.
    Q. And what is your marital status?
    A. Fair
  34. Q. Are you married?
    A. No, I'm divorced.
    Q. And what did your husband do before you divorced him?
    A. A lot of things I didn't know about.
  35. Q. Were you acquainted with the deceased?
    A. Yes, sir.
    Q. Before or after he died?
  36. Q. When he went, had you gone and had she, if she wanted to and were able, for the time being excluding all the restraints on her not to go, gone also, would he have brought you, meaning you and she, with him to the station? MR. BROOKS: Objection. That question should be taken out and shot.
  37. Q. Are you sexually active?
    A. No, I just lie there.

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