From the mouth of...
"Poll tracker: Liberals poised for win barring Conservative surprise.”
- Un-named journalist at Canada's CBC, calling Monday's Canadian election result.
There was not a Conservative surprise.
Calendar of events for 2015 for First Samuel Clients
Some lightly salted absurdities from all over...
At the extreme left-hand of the bell curve
Paul Neaverson, 61, was convicted in September in England’s Maidstone Crown Court for a robbery his own lawyer called “ridiculous.”
He had gone to a NatWest bank in Rainham, pointed a knife at a cashier, and demanded that money be placed “on the table” or “into his account”, at NatWest.
Two years in the slammer.
Can't possibly be true
Orville “Lee” Wollard, now 60, was convicted of aggravated assault in 2008 after he fired one “warning shot” into a wall of his home during an argument with his daughter’s boyfriend.
Believing his shot defused a dangerous situation (the boyfriend had once angrily ripped sutures from Wollard’s stomach), Wollard had declined a plea offer of probation and gone to trial, where he lost and faced a law written with a 20-year minimum sentence. Florida has since amended the law to give judges discretion about the crime and the sentence.
But Governor Rick Scott and the state’s clemency board have refused to help Wollard, who must serve 13 more years for a crime he would not even be charged with today.
Unclear on the concept
The Illinois Lottery announced Wednesday that anyone who wins more than $600 will not be able to get their money until there’s a state budget.
Earlier, the lottery said it would not pay prize money to anyone who won more than $25,000 during the budget stalemate, saying the Lottery and the Illinois Comptroller didn’t have the legislative authority to pay them.
Last month, two lottery winners filed a class action lawsuit against the Illinois Lottery for failing to pay prize money. “The State is not paying prize money to people who won over $25,000, yet the State is continuing to sell Lottery tickets with potential winnings in excess of $25,000,” the lawsuit stated.
Have a wry and dry weekend