July 12 2005, 4:06 PM
Colorado gets the honors for having a criminal with the dumbest defense of the week, in my opinion. From Hot Sulpher Springs:
A man has been attempting to use a novel defense -- he copyrighted his name, and when government officials sent citations for traffic violations and property taxes, he claimed the government officials infringed upon his copyright. In response, prosecutors accused him of breaking an obscure law that makes it illegal to attempt "by threat of violence of economic reprisal against a person or property with intent to alter or affect a public official's decisions, votes, opinions or actions," reports the Sky-Hi News of Granby. A jury found him guilty, and he was sentenced to two years in jail.