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Forced Oral Sex Isn't Rape If Victim Is Drunk: Court

Oklahoma judges say law's language doesn't apply to the unconscious

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Tulsa say Oklahoma's Court of Criminal Appeals misfired badly by ruling that the state's forcible sodomy law isn't applicable to intoxicated or unconscious victims, reports UPI . In what Benjamin Fu, Tulsa County assistant DA, calls an "insane" and "dangerous" interpretation of the law,... More »

Cops: Kentucky Man Tried to Dig Up His Dead Dad

Michael May's father died decades ago

(Newser) - In something we can see very few people getting in trouble for other than the Costanzas on Seinfeld, a 44-year-old Kentucky man has been arrested for trying to dig up his departed dad from a cemetery—so that, according to KMOV , he could finish an argument with him. Lincoln County... More »

Woman Run Over by Train Is Just Fine

'Very, very fortunate' woman charged with intoxication

(Newser) - There is no correct way to pass out drunk on railroad tracks, but a young woman in Alabama apparently managed to do so in a way that saved her life and her limbs. Police responding to a report of a person hit by a train Wednesday morning were astonished to... More »

US Fed Up With Drunk UN Diplomats

Ambassador spoils the party, calls for 'inebriation-free zone'

(Newser) - Some diplomats consider a few stiff drinks to be essential before United Nations budget negotiations. But the US ambassador for management and reform is sick of dealing with intoxicated counterparts—and he'd like them banned from budget negotiations, Foreign Policy reports. "There has always been a good and... More »

Judge Sets $500K Bond on Brent

Cowboys are 'grieving,' Jerry Jones says

(Newser) - Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent entered no plea at his arraignment in the death of teammate Jerry Brown today, and a judge set bond at $500,000, CNN reports. Brent was returned to jail following the hearing; his lawyer said the $500,000 figure was more than the team had... More »

Drunk Mom Busted for Duck Rescue

She jumped in raging creek to save birds from superstorm

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman who apparently decided that wild ducks needed her help to escape superstorm Sandy's wrath was arrested after jumping into a fast-moving creek to "rescue" a group of 20 or 30 birds, WGAL reports. Her four-year-old child started to follow her and was grabbed by a... More »

Secret Service Agent Gets Drunk, Hits Cop: Report

Aaron Francis Engler allegedly punched an officer in the face

(Newser) - At least this Secret Service agent wasn't trashing rented property or refusing to pay a hooker . No, Aaron Francis Engler was arrested in Miami this morning for disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence, NBC Miami reports. It all started at 7am when a policeman allegedly saw Engler lying... More »

Olympic Medal Winner Nabbed for 'Drunken Vandalism'

Shaun White gets a shiner in Nashville

(Newser) - What's left for an Olympic-gold-medal winner to do but raise hell by getting smashed, break a hotel phone, pull a fire alarm, and fight off the guy who tries to stop him from fleeing? Snowboarder Shaun White allegedly did all this in Nashville early this morning and got himself... More »

Hand Sanitizer: A Different Kind of Buzz?

Maybe not: Will Oremus

(Newser) - Some teens are, apparently, now getting drunk on hand sanitizer —would such a binge feel any different than the type of intoxication brought about by more traditional forms of alcohol? Not necessarily, writes Will Oremus in Slate's Explainer column , because "ethyl alcohol is ethyl alcohol" no matter... More »

Tracy Morgan Hospitalized

Rep cites exhaustion at Sundance Film Festival

(Newser) - Tracy Morgan was hospitalized last night after he passed out at the Sundance Film Festival. The 30 Rock star seemed intoxicated as he accepted an award in Utah; afterward, he was escorted from the building, where he fainted, TMZ reports. An ambulance took him to a local hospital. A hospital... More »

Navigator in Russian Plane Crash 'Was Drunk'

47 killed in June disaster

(Newser) - The navigator for a Russian passenger flight that crashed in June was “in a condition of alcoholic intoxication,” a rep for the country's top investigative body told state television yesterday. Some 47 people were killed when the RusAir Tupolev-134 hit a highway in northwest Russia just before... More »

Lawyer Likens Rape Victim's Vagina to Venus Flytrap

Bizarre question at trial of 2 NYPD cops charged with rape

(Newser) - An attorney representing two cops charged with rape asked if the accuser's vagina was like a "snapping Venus flytrap" as he questioned a medical expert yesterday. "That is a terrible example," interjected an angry judge in the New York City courtroom. The cops are charged with... More »

Nicolas Cage Gets Bailed Out By...

Dog the Bounty Hunter, who doesn't think he'll have to hunt down actor

(Newser) - In a case of reality not imitating "art," Dog the notorious bounty hunter bailed actor Nicolas Cage out of jail. Reality star Duane "Dog" Chapman posted Cage's $11,000 bond after he was charged with domestic abuse and disturbing the peace over the weekend in New... More »

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