25 Strangest Courtroom Cases That Actually Happened

Posted by , Updated on July 14, 2017

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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.

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PETA Files Lawsuit for Monkey to Own Selfie Copyright

Macaca_nigra_self-portrait_largeSource: http://www.npr.org

In 2011, a macaque took nature photographer David Slater’s camera, smiled, and took a picture. Now, PETA (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals) is filing a lawsuit claiming the copyright to the photo belongs to…the macaque. The U.S. Copyright Office claimed a monkey cannot hold a copyright, and a judge threw the lawsuit out. Currently, the photograph is in the public domain.

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Starbucks Sued for $750,000 over Hot Coffee

starbucksSource: http://www.facesoflawsuitabuse.org

Coffee seems to always end up in one lawsuit at one time or the other. In this case, Starbucks was sued by a Raleigh cop after he spilled hot coffee on his lap. He wanted $750,000 for damages. To top it all off, he was given the cup of coffee for free. Of course, the case was thrown out of court.

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Woman Sues Google Maps for Bad Directions

Google_MapsSource: http://www.telegraph.co.uk

After being guided to a “safe” pedestrian walking road by Google Maps that ended up being a four-lane highway, Laura Rosenberg decided to keep walking down the road anyway. You know, instead of just using sound judgment. Of course, she was hit by a car doing this and proceeded to sue Google for claiming the road was safe.

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Inmate Sues $88 Billion over Packers-Cowboys Playoff Game

packers cowboysSource: http://www.facesoflawsuitabuse.org/2015/04/88-billion-lawsuit-filed-over-overturned-catch-in-cowboys-packers-playoffs-game/

Despite being an inmate at a Colorado Correctional Facility, Terry Hendrix sued the National Football League for $88 billion for an overturned call he felt cost the Cowboys the NFC Championship.

21

The Scopes Trial

John_t_scopesSource: http://www.history.com

In 1925, high school teacher John Scopes did the unthinkable, he taught evolution at a Tennessee high school. The trial became a media circus at the time and involved famed lawyer Clarence Darrow versus Christian Fundamentalist William Jennings Bryan. Scopes lost the trial and was fined $100. Later, the Tennessee Supreme Court overturned the verdict.



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