News Photos Of The Day- Dressing Collected Corpses As Dolls

Editor’s note: This post contains graphic images of dead bodies.

“Cemetery collector” with 29 bodies arrested

MOSCOWRussian police have arrested a man described by local media as the “cemetery collector” for digging up 29 corpses and dressing the remains in female clothing to display around his flat.   

Grainy police video images of the man’s cramped flat showed what look like several life-sized female dolls without faces, some with platinum blond wigs.

“During a search of his flat and garage, 29 self-made, life-size dolls dressed in the clothes of buried people were found,” a spokesman for police in Nizhny Novgorod, 400 km (250 miles) east of Moscow, said Tuesday.

“It was ascertained that he used mummified human bodies from graves to make them (the dolls).”

Police described the man, who was arrested following the desecration of graves in the area, as a local historian and an expert in the study of place names.

Media cited friends as saying they had never seen the dolls and that he was a learned, if eccentric, man.

Copyright 2011 Thomson Reuters.

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This undated video image provided by the Russian Interior Ministry’s branch in the Nizhny Novgorod region on Monday, Nov. 7, shows a suspect accused of vandalizing graves in the region of Nizhny Novgorod, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Moscow. Police didn’t name the suspect, who  kept 29 mummified bodies at his apartment and dressed them up like dolls, but Russian media reports identified him as Anatoly Moskvin, a local historian.

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A still image taken from undated police footage shot inside the flat of Anatoly Moskvin and released to Reuters on November 8 shows books, clothes and dressed figures, reportedly mummified bodies desecrated from cemeteries. Russian police have arrested a man described by local media as the “cemetery collector” for digging up 29 corpses and dressing the remains in female clothing to display around his flat. Police discovered dolls and corpses dressed as dolls during the search.

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A still image taken from undated police footage shot inside the flat of Anatoly Moskvin and released to Reuters on November 8 shows books, clothes and dressed figures, reportedly mummified bodies desecrated from cemeteries.

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A still image taken from undated police footage shot inside the flat of Anatoly Moskvin and released to Reuters on November 8 shows books, clothes and dressed figures, reportedly mummified bodies desecrated from cemeteries.

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The Sky Is Falling- Not Really It’s Just A Test

Feds try to prevent War of the Worlds-style panic over national emergency alert

By    Story from ARSTECHNICA.COM
This Wednesday, November 9, at 2 pm eastern standard time, every TV broadcaster, cable channel, radio station, and satellite radio program from Puerto Rico to Missouri to American Samoa will be interrupted for 30 seconds by the federal government. Don’t panic—there’s no nuclear strike. But if there were a nuclear strike, this is how the feds would spread the word.
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Image courtesy of FCC   “Don’t panic, people.”

It’s the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), which hopes to provide key information immediately to all Americans in the event of a truly national emergency. This national system will look and sound much like the current (and local) emergency warnings often seen on TV or heard on radio, but the scope is larger and it can be put under the direct control of the President. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and the National Weather Service (NWS) will all coordinate the test, but it’s FEMA that actually transmits the alert code.

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Concerned that such a test might alarm people, the agencies are going to extraordinary lengths to provide a heads-up. I first heard about the test in an e-mail newsletter from my city government, which told residents last week, “Do not be alarmed when an emergency message will take over the airways… this is only a test.” The test will display a warning message on TV screens, though as my city helpfully noted, “Due to some technical limitations, a visual message indicating that ‘this is a test’ may not pop up on every TV channel, especially where people use cable to receive their television stations.”

     The warning should look a lot like this message last year in Alaska

But not to worry! Though such warning messages might look terrifyingly real, they will eventually feature an audio message explaining that this is just a test. The government is still concerned that hearing-impaired users, in particular, might mistake the test for a real alert. The FCC has produced a series of brief ads to notify people about the test, and cable operators have taken to warning people about it on their monthly cable bills (which everyone reads, right?).

So what’s so special about November 9th at 2pm? FEMA has the answer. “November 9 is near the end of hurricane season and before the severe winter weather season begins in earnest,” says the agency, “The 2:00 PM EST broadcast time will minimize disruption during rush hours, while ensuring that the test occurs during working hours across the United States.”

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Facebook Unfriending Leads To Arson

Woman Reportedly Burns Down House After Facebook
Un-Friending

First a friendship, and then a garage, went up in flames
in Des Moines, Iowa this week.

A recent house fire at the Iowa home of Jim and Nikki Rasmussen has been traced to an unlikely source: an un-friending on Facebook.

According to the Des Moines Register, the Rasmussen family homestead went up in smoke  in the early morning hours of Oct. 27. The fire department suspected arson and when the family was asked by investigators if anyone would want to harm the family. Both husband and wife agreed there was only one suspect: Jen Harris. Detectives have since arrested Jennifer Christine Harris, 30, of Des Moines, on a charge of first-degree arson.

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The friendship of Nikki Rasmussen and Harris apparently hit a rough patch while the former friends were planning a party via Facebook. When the big event went bust with many declined e-vites, Harris allegedly held Rasmussen accountable, and according to news reports, posted some unsavory items on her Facebook wall. In this modern age, Rasmussen exacted her revenge with a few clicks of the mouse and de-friended Harris. This affront was too much for Harris who took her anger offline and allegedly torched the family’s garage, melting the siding clean off
the home.

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The Associated Press says that the fire destroyed a detached garage and damaged the home of the Rasmussens, but caused no injuries. Harris is being held in the Polk County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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Don’t Bogart Those Chips My Friend, Pass Them Over To Me

Sandwich arrest stirs debate

Should shoppers eat in the store?

JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — It happens daily in supermarket and convenience stores nationwide — digging into a bag of chips while waiting in line, sampling a couple of grapes in the produce section, opening a bottle of milk to appease a crying child.

The highly-publicized story of a pregnant Honolulu mom who was arrested last week with her husband after she ate a sandwich in a Safeway store and forgot to pay, leading to the couple’s 2-year-old daughter being taken away by Child Welfare Services, has sparked a national debate on the issue.

It also raised the question: Is it OK to consume food and beverages in the store before paying?

The woman in Hawaii who ate the sandwich has no problem with it.

Safeway Store Lifestyle look Produce Dept.

“I didn’t know it was such a taboo thing,” said Nicole Leszczynski who was charged with fourth-degree theft, a petty misdemeanor, along with her husband, Marcin. The charges have since been dropped by Safeway. “Where I grew up in a small town it’s not seen as stealing for sure.”

Others are not so sure.

The story generated a robust debate on Facebook and Yahoo in comments following stories on the theft. Some argued that it’s wrong to eat what you haven’t paid for, and that police did the proper thing in arresting them. Others said eating while shopping has become a perfectly acceptable practice. Many denounced the arrest as a heavy-handed response.

At the Safeway where the Leszczynskis were arrested, Linda Mercado and her friend Christine Lutley didn’t get too far from the exit Wednesday before they began digging into their food purchases. Mercado polished off a package of sushi as she discussed her views on the issue.

“Pay before you eat,” the 66-year-old Mercado said. “It’s bad manners.”

However, Mercado acknowledged drinking beverages in the past while waiting in line.

“I don’t walk around the store drinking it,” she explained. “By the time I’m done shopping I’m thirsty.”

Shoppers Gerard and Ruth Viggayan said they consider eating before paying to be stealing.

“If you want to eat it, you have to purchase it,” the 34-year-old Gerard said. “It’s not like Costco where you get free samples.”

The interior of a typical Costco warehouse clu...

His wife was craving a bag of potato chips, but she said she would wait until they got to the car to open it. “If it looks good, we pay for it,” Ruth, 33, said, “and then eat.”

Wahiawa resident Jadene Espinueva, 34, has consumed cookies, grapes and bottled water before paying. “Just as long as you’re going to pay for it and you’ve got the money, why not?” she said. “If I’m hungry or thirsty, yeah, I’m guilty of it. I don’t see what’s the big deal.”

Eating before checking out has clearly become part of supermarket culture. From supermarkets to Costco handing out food samples in aisles, shoppers associate stores with being an acceptable place to munch, said Dana Alden, a marketing professor at the University of Hawaii‘s business school and an expert in consumer psychology and branding.

Alden said it wouldn’t be prudent customer relations for stores to crack down. He likened the acceptance of eating before paying to dropping a jar of peanut butter, but still not being forced to pay for it.

Entrance of a typical Costco warehouse club.

Consumer behavior expert Debbie MacInnis, a marketing professor at the University of Southern California, said a trip to the grocery store is a familiar routine, and can be seen as a place where it’s acceptable to eat.

“That creates a certain sense of it’s OK for me to do that because I’m hungry and I have every intention of paying for it,” she said. “From a psychology standpoint, it’s mine even though the formal transaction hasn’t transpired.”

As for the 28-year-old Leszczynski, the former Air Force staff sergeant who is 30 weeks pregnant was feeling faint and famished after a long walk to the Safeway near downtown Honolulu and decided to eat a chicken salad sandwich while shopping and saved the wrapper to have it scanned at the register. But she and her husband forgot to pay for the sandwiches as they checked out with about $50 worth of groceries.

When confronted by security, they offered to pay, but Honolulu police were called and the couple were arrested and booked. Their daughter Zofia was taken away. Leszczynski said she was embarrassed and horrified.

They posted $50 bail each and were reunited with their daughter after an 18-hour separation.

Honolulu police said it was routine procedure to call Child Welfare Services if a child is present when both parents are arrested.

Safeway called Leszczynski on Tuesday and apologized for what she went through. The company also informed police the same day that it wouldn’t press charges.

Safeway said management followed routine shoplifting procedure by contacting police, but the company regrets not foreseeing that doing so would cause a child to be separated from her parents.

Safeway said it has no policy that prohibits consumption of merchandise in the stores, “but customers are expected to be able to identify and pay for the consumed merchandise before leaving.”

Foodland Super Market Ltd., Hawaii’s largest locally owned grocer, prefers customers pay for items before consuming them to avoid confusion or appearance of theft, spokeswoman Sheryl Toda said.

“However, we do understand that emergencies occur where a child or individual needs to consume a product immediately,” she said. “In those instances, we expect that wrappers or containers will be saved and presented to the cashier for payment before the customer leaves the store.”

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No E.D. For This Self- Employed Octogenarian Dude

83-Year-Old Man Charged as Male Prostitute

He’s no Fred Garvin, though

By Greg Wilson
From NBC New Yawk

First, there was Fred Garvin, male prostitute. Now, there’s an 83-year-old city council candidate from Centerville, Iowa, who has been charged with prostitution.

Ben Clifford Dawson, 83, of Centerville, was charged with prostitution and assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse after he allegedly offered to let a 33-year-old woman repay part of a $7,000 loan by allowing him to perform sex acts on her. That’s not soliciting – it’s prostitution, according to local authorities.

83-Year-Old Man Charged as Male Prostitute

Photo: Centerville Police   Ben Clifford Dawson, alleged male prostitute.

Dawson also grabbed the victim and began kissing their neck without consent, according to police. Dawson was released from the Appanoose County Jail after posting $2,000 bond.

Police said it was not the first such complaint about Dawson.

Statue entitled "The White Slave"

“The same sexual actions or requests have been recorded in the past in reports from at least three separate former female tenants of the defendant,” police reported.

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Where’s The Beef? I’ll have that with cheese please

Model Sacked After Tampon Prank at Fast Food Window

Disgusting stunt lands her in community service

By Greg Wilson

An Australian bartender and model says her life has been ruined ever since a late-night prank in which she threw a tampon at a worker behind a McDonald’s drive-thru window.

Rebecca Leigh Crimmons, 27, said the wee hours stunt on Sept. 25 was harmless, but she pleaded guilty to assault and lost her job at the Noosa Surf Life Saving Club, where she doubles as a bartender and a promotional model. She was sentenced to community service, but said on Facebook that people have overreacted to the incident.

Tampon sold without applicator (digital tampon...

“When the police came around, I thought ‘you’ve got to be kidding’,” she said, according to the Courier-Mail of Brisbane.

She admitted wiping the wet tampon on the hand of worker Luke Clareburt after pretending to find it in her fries. But Crimmins insisted the tampon had merely been dipped in an alcoholic drink. The restaurant staff “made a mountain out of a molehill,” she said.

But Clareburt said the incident freaked him out.

2 water drop marks mean that the absorbency is...

“I didn’t know what was on the tampon,” he said. “She deserves everything she gets. She’s got no one to blame but herself.”


2 water drop marks mean that the absorbency is between 6 to 9 grams.

From http://www.nbcdfw.com/

 

 

Naked Family Gives Pet LSD Gummy Worm For Treat

Police: Naked couple fed LSD-laced gummy worm to dog

Neighbors report nude pair in street after dachshund runs off and
is hit by car

SNELLVILLE, Ga.— A Georgia couple wandered naked in the road in search of their dachshund after giving the pooch a dose of LSD in a gummy worm, authorities say.  

Structure of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)

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Snellville police told the newspaper that Nicholas Modrich and Jamie Hughes would face drug charges and might face animal cruelty charges.

A police report on The Smoking Gun website says officers were called to a home on Pinehurst Road on Sunday night after reports of a man and a woman running nude on a street. When the officers knocked on the door, they were greeted by a nude man and a woman naked from the waist up in a very agitated state, the report says.

The reason for the agitation: They were upset that their dog, Oscar, was missing. They told officers that they had taken acid, smoked marijuana and drunk alcoholic beverages — and had given the dachshund LSD, the report says.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that police said the LSD was in a gummy worm.

Photo: LSD known as Blotter Acid

Blotter

The police report says that the couple were sent to a hospital for treatment, and while officers were still on the scene, the man’s mother and brother arrived with Oscar, which had been hit by a car. The mother and brother wound up being bit by the injured dog and required treatment at a hospital.Oscar was turned over to an animal control officer. The Journal-Constitution said the man’s family asked that the dog be taken to a private veterinarian.

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Petition The White House? – Why Not! Here’s How

White House: don’t blame us for software patents

The Obama administration has started an official petition website called “We the People,” in which Americans can propose and vote on petitions for consideration by the White House. Petitions that cross a popularity threshold (originally 5,000 signatures within 30 days) get an official response from the White House.

This being the Internet, one of the first petitions focused on software patents, asking President Obama to “direct the patent office to cease issuing software patents and to void all previously issued software patents.” The White House issued its official response on Tuesday. After touting the recently passed America Inevents Act, Obama technology advisor Quentin Palfrey says the executive branch’s hands are tied…

White House: don't blame us for software patents

…There’s a lot we can do through the new law to improve patent quality and to ensure that only true inventions are given patent protection. But it’s important to note that the executive branch doesn’t set the boundaries of what is patentable all by itself. Congress has set forth broad categories of inventions that are eligible for patent protection. The courts, including the US Supreme Court, have interpreted the statute to include some software-related inventions. Even before the legislation passed, the Administration took other important steps to ensure that only high-quality patents are issued, and that we curb or invalidate overly-broad software patents. For example, the USPTO recently issued guidance to its examiners that tighten up the requirements that inventors fully describe, specify, and distinctly claim their inventions so that vague patents are not issued. We’ve also issued new guidance to examiners to help ensure that patents cover only “new” and “non-obvious” inventions.

There’s a lot of truth to this. The rules Congress established for patent eligibility are extremely broad, so in practice decisions about what can be patented—and in particular, whether it includes software—are primarily made by the courts. The courts have been rather confused on the subject. The Supreme Court has traditionally been skeptical of software patents, but it hasn’t ruled on the subject since 1981. Since then, the law has been shaped by the software-patent-friendly United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit.

White house Red Room, as designed by Stéphane ...

The USPTO is obligated to respect decisions of the Federal Circuit, so USPTO director probably couldn’t invalidate all software patents—or even all new software patents—with the stroke of a pen. But the Patent Office still has a lot of influence. For one thing, it takes the decisions of the Federal Circuit and translates them into specific guidelines for patent examiners to follow, so where the Federal Circuit is ambiguous, the USPTO can err on the side of rejecting software patents—indeed it has been doing just that to a limited extent. Over time, such rejections, if upheld by the courts, could shift the law in a less software-patent-friendly direction.

The Obama administration can also influence the law in another way. When the Supreme Court is considering a patent case, it invariably invites the administration to submit a brief, and will often give the solicitor general the opportunity to participate in oral arguments. If the White House became convinced that software patents were detrimental to the American economy, it could begin filing briefs encouraging the Supreme Court to reinstate its original original ban on software patents. While the Supreme Court isn’t obligated to take the government’s advice, it would carry a significant amount of weight.

Seal of the Supreme Court of the United States

We’re not going to hold our breath, though. Before joining the USPTO, Director David Kappos was Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property at IBM. While we assume he’s not beholden to his former employer, we’re willing to bet that Big Blue’s enthusiasm for software patents has rubbed off on him.

The White House statement also included a strong endorsement of open source software:

We understand that the concern about software patents stems, in part, from concerns that overly broad patents on software-based inventions may stifle the very innovative and creative open source software development community. As an Administration, we recognize the tremendous value of open source innovation and rely on it to accomplish key missions.

The statement touts a number of administration initiatives related to open source software, but doesn’t mention any policies to protect open source software from patent litigation.

Photograph by Mark Skrobola

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The White House Blog

We the People: Announcing White House Petitions &
How They Work

Posted by Macon Phillips
Something exciting is coming to WhiteHouse.gov. It’s called We the People and it will significantly change how the public — you! — engage with the White House online.

Our Constitution guarantees your right to petition our government.  Now, with We the People, we’re offering a new way to submit an online petition on a range of issues — and get an official response.

Official seal of the USPTO

We’re announcing We the People before it’s live to give folks time to think
about what petitions they want to create, and how they are going to build the support to get a response.

When will it be live? Soon.  If you want to be the first to know when the
system is available, sign up for an email alert.

Here’s a video we put together to explain what it is and how it works:

Here are the basics:

Individuals will be able to create or sign a petition that calls for action
by the federal government on a range of issues.  If a petition gathers enough support (i.e., signatures) it will be reviewed by a standing group of White House staff, routed to any other appropriate offices and generate an official, on-the-record response.

How many signatures? Initially petitions that gather more than 5,000
signatures in 30 days will be reviewed and answered.

There’s another aspect to this meant to emphasize the grassroots, word of mouth organizing that thrives on the internet.  At first, a petition’s unique URL will only be known to its creator and will not show up anywhere else on WhiteHouse.gov.  It’s up to that person to share it in their network to gather an initial amount of signatures — initially 150 — before it is searchable on WhiteHouse.gov.

As we move forward, your feedback about We the People will be invaluable, and there are a few ways you can share it.  Numerous pages on WhiteHouse.gov, including the We the People section, feature a feedback form.  In addition, you can use the twitter hashtag #WHWeb to give the White House digital team advice and feedback.  I’ll also try to answer questions when I have time today — you can pose them to @macon44.

Lawn in front of the White House, Washington, DC.

Finally, while We the People is a fresh approach to official, online
petitions, the United States isn’t the first to try it; for example, the United Kingdom offers e-petitions, and this work was very helpful as we developed our own.

Macon Philips is the White House Director of Digital Strategy

Update: The signatures threshold for petitions on the We the People platform to receive an official response from the White House has changed since this blog post was published.  See the latest signature thresholds. ………………………………….

Terms of Participation

We invite you to participate in the We the People platform. You may use this platform on the White House website to create and sign petitions that call for the federal government to take action on a range of issues. For each topic included in We the People, you can petition the Administration to address a problem, support or oppose a proposal, or otherwise change or continue federal government policy or actions. As explained below, if a petition meets the signature goal within the designated period, the White House will respond to that petition in a timely fashion.

By participating in We the People, you acknowledge that you have read,
understood, and agree to be bound by these Terms of Participation and to comply with all applicable laws and regulations.

We the People expands the options for contacting the White House and does not displace current official methods of communication, such as mailing or emailing the White House. If you are not willing to agree to We the People’s Terms of Participation, but want to send a message, petition, or other form of communication to the White House, you may do so through the White House Office of Correspondence, which maintains a contact form and information about communicating with the White House at www.whitehouse.gov/contact.

In order to participate in We the People, you must create a WhiteHouse.gov User Account. You are required to use a valid email address when registering your account. Only one account per individual is allowed. You must be 13 or older in order to create an account and participate in We the People. Creating and signing We the People petitions must be done by individuals interacting directly with WhiteHouse.gov and not through a third party website or service.
You can learn more about WhiteHouse.gov User Accounts on our Privacy Policy page.

STEP BY STEP HOW TO GUIDE….

1

You Create a Petition

Before you start a petition, take some time to think about your goal. What
you want President Obama or the White House to do? Why others should support your cause? This will help you clearly articulate your position and make your petition more effective. You should also check to be sure there isn’t already a petition with the same goal on the site.

Here’s how to create a new petition:

Enter Basic Information
Start by entering a short (120 characters or less) headline for the petition by completing the sentence “We believe the Obama Administration should….” Your headline should be clear and compelling and describe the goal of your petition. Next you’ll select up to three issue categories. If you want to add additional information about the topic of your petition, you can do that later by adding tags.

Look for Similar Petitions
Once you submit your petition headline and categories, we’ll search the system to see if there are any existing petitions that are similar. If there is already an existing petition that addresses the concerns you have, you may want to sign that petition instead rather than creating a new one. You will increase the likelihood of getting a response by signing onto an existing petition rather than creating a duplicate petition on the same issue.

Provide Additional Details
If you don’t find an existing petition that is similar, next you’ll enter additional details about the petition. This is where you have a chance to make your case. Use this space to clearly articulate your goals and what you would like the Obama Administration to do. Include additional
information or research to support your request. Keep the petition description brief, you only have 800 characters including spaces. You’ll also have a chance to add additional tags to help further define the topic of your petition. Please note that petitions on the We the People site will be moderated. Some petitions may be removed from the site consistent with the Terms of Participation and Moderation Policy.

Preview, Publish and Promote.
Next you’ll have a chance to preview the petition and make changes. Be sure to double-check for spelling, punctuation and grammar because once you publish a petition it cannot be edited. Once you’ve published a petition, the real work begins: it’s time to start promoting it with your friends, family and others who care about the issue.

2

Others Sign

After you publish the petition, it’s up to you to promote it and get others
to sign. You’ll get an automatic email once your petition is published that you can forward to get started. Remember you have just 30 days to get 25,000 signatures in order to get a response from the White House. And it’s up to you to get to 150 signatures in order for your petition to be publicly searchable on the We the People tool on WhiteHouse.gov.

3


The White House Reviews and Responds

Once the petition reaches the required threshold, it will be put in a queue
to be reviewed by the White House. Others can still sign the petition while it is awaiting a response from the White House. When the White House responds, everyone who has signed the petition will get email from the White House to let you know that we’ve reviewed and responded to the petition.

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News Photo Of The Day- Courtroom Spirits

Defense attorney haunts Tennessee courtroom

Rich Shulman writes
Who said lawyers don’t have a sense of humor?
Dan Henry / Chattanooga Times Free Press viaAP

Rich Heinsman, a Chattanooga, Tenn. criminal defense attorney, turns heads in Judge Barry Steelman’s courtroom Monday, Oct. 31, while haunting the city courts building as a Halloween prank.

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