Courtroom cases are filled with hundreds of lawsuits a day. They’re everywhere. We love them for their drama and intrigue, which is probably why Judge Judy and The People’s Court became so popular. A good portion of the time, lawsuits are legit and need to be heard. But, let’s be honest, all the others are usually just a get-rich-quick scheme. However, it’s not just lawsuits. Even criminal cases have dipped their feet in the bizarre, making very little sense at all. Want to hear about why some of these people are going to court? Here are the 25 Strangest Courtroom Cases That Actually Happened.
77-Year-Old Sued 19-Year-Old for Not Having Sex with Him
Rolf Eden, a 77-year-old German playboy, filed a lawsuit against a 19-year-old woman that he had picked up at a bar. Why? She refused to have sex with him for being too old. He claimed it was age discrimination.
Woman Sued Office Landlord for Seagull Attack
In Scotland, a 59-year-old woman was viciously attacked…by a seagull. The seagull dive-bombed at her, which terrified her, causing her to fall over. Claiming the office building nearby didn’t do enough for her safety, she filed a lawsuit against them for damages.
Student Sued University after They Expelled Him for Smelly Feet
A student at Erasmus University never washed his feet and apparently didn’t wear shoes. Students and professors said it was difficult to concentrate with such a horrible stench in the area, so the school decided to expel him. However, in 2009 a judge ruled it wasn’t a good enough reason to expel him and that they should “hold their noses.”
Bank Robber Sued City after Pointing a Gun at a Deputy and Getting Shot
Todd Kirkpatrick was in the middle of a bank robbery when the police showed up. When he pointed his gun at a deputy, he got shot twice. Now an inmate, he filed a lawsuit against the city for 6.3 million dollars, saying the medical bills were $300,000 and the other deputies failed to stop the deputy who shot him.
The Lindy Chamberlain Trial
In 1980, Lindy Chamberlain was on a camping trip with her husband and 2-month old baby, Azaria. One night Azaria disappeared and Lindy claimed a dingo killed and ate her, leading to the popularized phrase, “A dingo ate my baby.” However, no one believed Lindy and she was put on trial for murder, claiming she slit her daughter’s throat and hid the body. A media circus sensationalized the trial and Lindy was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. After spending three years in prison, a piece of clothing belonging to Azaria was found near a dingo lair. Lindy was acquitted after the coroner confirmed Azaria’s death.