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The skinny: He knows how hard it is out there for a pimp

At the courthouse

He knows how hard it is out there for a pimp

Anthony McCord, 29, asked to testify as an expert witness in a trial in Brooklyn. McCord told the court he was an expert pimp, and was suited to explain to jurors the delicate relationship pimps and prostitutes have, reports the New York Post. "I've been in the industry since 2000. I've read every book, saw every movie, heard every song relating to this subject matter," McCord told Justice Wayne Ozzi. "It would be helpful to the jury to understand the character of the people involved." A reasoned argument. Problem: McCord wanted to be an expert witness in his own trial, in which he faces charges of assaulting two women. The judge said no.

Man needs robe, gets one at court

A man broke into the courthouse in Ashland, Wis., after hours. Luckily, there are surveillance cameras all over the place there. Unluckily, the burglar seemed to know that, and wore a big trench coat and sunglasses. Also unluckily, there is a lot of valuable stuff in the courthouse. But it's time for a luckily again, and it is that the man seemed to only want one thing. He headed straight to the office of Circuit Judge Robert Eaton, and took the judge's robe, reports the Ashland Daily Press. "This is one of the oddest ones," Police Chief John Paitl said. "We have nobody in custody."

Police work

Swedish police get gun-shipping primer

Police in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden — which sounds like a line of Ikea furniture, but is a real place — were working on a case that required the national forensic sciences lab in Linkoping — also a real place — to examine a gun. The degree to which Swedish people are not used to handling firearms quickly became apparent. The gun was packaged and sent to the lab through the mail. No one ever checked to see if it was loaded first. It was. "These things happen now and again, unfortunately," Tore Olsson of the Swedish National Laboratory of Forensic Science told the TT news agency, in a statement which isn't really reassuring. The gun didn't go off and no one was hurt, but there will be further training.

Man calls cops to report drunk driver

Police can't possibly cover every mile of road in the country at all times, so it's always nice when they get a little heads-up that something nefarious is going down. Like, if someone sees someone who appears to be a drunk driver, it can be really helpful to police to get a report so they can check it out and keep everyone safe. It's particularly helpful when the actual drunk driver calls police to tell them he should be picked up and taken to jail. Police in Merrill, Wis., got a call just like that this week. They appreciated the tip so much that they decided not to release his name after arresting and charging him.

Compiled from wire services and other sources by staff writer Jim Webster, who can be reached at jwebster@tampabay.com.

The skinny: He knows how hard it is out there for a pimp 11/25/11 [Last modified: Friday, November 25, 2011 8:43pm]
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