Oklahoma says hoodies aren’t ok.

Brendan Spaar says no to hoodies

 

Everyone wants to live and work in a safe environment. If you go into a bank these days it’s not uncommon to see signs saying to remove hats or sunglasses that could disguise your face. These are things that we’ve grown accustomed to and pretty much don’t give a second thought. Well, a state senator in Oklahoma wants to take it one step further.

Oklahoma already has a law that bans people from hiding their identity by wearing clothing that covers their faces, including hooded sweatshirts, during the commission of a crime. Republican state senator Don Barrington has proposed an amendment to that bill to make it illegal to hide your identity in public for the rest of the people too.

If the proposed change passes, you will no longer be allowed to wear anything that might hide your face. This could include sunglasses, hooded shirts or jackets and some hats. This has many people concerned about being stopped or harassed for wearing something that might be questionable. The weather in Oklahoma can get wet and cold so wearing a hoodie is not an uncommon sight for residents of the state.

There are a few exceptions to the ban. It wouldn’t apply to people dressing up for Halloween, masquerade parties or parades. Anyone required to cover their faces because of religious beliefs would also be exempt. It also allows  people who have to cover their faces for safety or medical purposes, or for protection from the weather to be exempt.

If you get caught with a fashion offense the fine would be $500. Reaction from some residents and attorneys is less than positive. Will this make Oklahoma a safer place? It seems doubtful that this alone would curb a rise in crime. Enforcement will be interesting and Brendan Spaar would love to be in court to watch the first case go to trial.

Can Siri be an accomplice to a crime?

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Many of us have a love/hate relationship with using SIRI but there are some things Brendan Spaar would never think someone would ask it to do.

Anyone using an  iPhone or  iPad is probably familiar with Siri, the magical personal assistant feature. It can help you find a fabulous place to propose to your girlfriend, remind you of a dentist appointment, and just make life easier for you. One thing that the developers at Apple probably never imagined is that Siri would be asked where to hide someone’s body.

Back in 2012, Pedro Bravo was arrested and accused of drugging and murdering his roommate because he was dating Bravo’s ex-girlfriend. The roommate was a student at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Police allege that Bravo asked Siri for advice on where to hide the body.

They have info from his iPhone showing “I need to hide my roommate.” Siri is shown replying,“What kind of place are you looking for?” before offering four options: “Swamps, reservoirs, metal foundries, dumps”. Also collected from Bravo’s iPhone were records of him using the phone’s flashlight function nine times from 11.31pm to 12:01am on the day his roommate disappeared. The roommate’s body was found weeks later by hunters that came across the shallow grave in a nearby forest.

Apparently, Apple has corrected this “flaw” in Siri. If you ask Siri how to hide a body today “she” won’t answer in the same way. “She” simply says: “‘I used to know the answer to this”. Brendan Spaar wonders if Siri could be considered an accomplice because “she” suggested locations to hide the roommate. This has to be one of  the most bizarre uses of technology he’s seen lately.

Florida Man Gives New Meaning To Having A Pot Belly

A 450 lb Florida man was arrested for hiding drugs in his stomach fat.
Osteen,FL
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Friday the 13th was really unlucky for  Christopher Mitchell and Keithian Roberts. These Volusia County, Florida men were arrested after police stopped them on a seat belt violation. Weighing 450 pounds, Mitchell claimed he was too fat to wear the seat belt.

Police suspected something else more serious might be going on because both men were acting nervous. A drug detecting K9 dog was brought in and found the marijuana.  There was 23 grams of marijuana and some cocaine hidden in Mitchell’s stomach fat. Brendan Spaar would love to have seen the video of that search. Police also found a gun and $7,000 cash in a tube sock. No word yet on where they found the tube sock.

The men were charged with drug possession and Mitchell was cited for the seat belt violation. If this goes to trial, Brendan Spaar wonders what will be Mitchell’s defense. He wouldn’t want to be on that jury when they show where they found the drugs.

Is Judge Joe Brown ready for the REAL courtroom?

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Judge Joe Brown is hoping to go back to court, a real one, if he wins the race for DA in Tennessee.
Memphis,TN
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Judge Joe Brown is no stranger to the courtroom. He was a judge in Memphis, Tn before getting his own tv show about 15 years ago. His show was canceled last year so he is trying to get back into a real courtroom by running for District Attorney in Shelby County. Brendan Spaar thinks that Judge Brown will have no trouble doing debates or commercials for his campaign since he is familiar with being in front of a camera. What may be a problem is the fact that Judge Brown was arrested in  March in that same county.  He was arrested &  in county jail for losing control in a courtroom where he was supposed to represent someone in a juvenille court case. Well, at least he can honestly say he has experience in ALL areas of that legal system now.

Does Reality Tv drama lead to more real life drama?

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Reality TV stars in Atlanta & NJ don't have enough drama on their shows so they been arrested & charged with multiple counts of fraud.
Atlanta,Georgia
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Brendan Spaar believes anyone watching Reality TV would think the stars have enough drama on the show so they would want their private lives to be calm. Guess that’s not true for the stars of The Real Housewives of Atlanta & New Jersey. Phaedra Parks’ husband has been arrested in Georgia & faces federal fraud charges. The charges accuse Nida of stealing millions with identify theft. In New Jersey, Teresa and Joe Giudice pleaded guilty  March 4, 2014 to multiple federal fraud charges. Joe Giudice pleaded guilty to five counts in a 41-count  indictment against the couple. Teresa Giudice pleaded guilty to four counts. Some counts in the indictment had carried maximum sentences of 20 and 30 years in prison.

Wonder if this is the beginning of a new series for these stars behind bars.