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Top 5 Craziest Criminal Law Stories of 2012

It’s a weird world we’re living in. And here at the Phoenix Criminal Law Blog, we report on some of the weirdest of it.

From shoplifting news anchors to stomach-turning job interviews, 2012 was a great year for weird in the Valley. Here are our top five craziest criminal law stories of the past year.

Wife Stabs Husband Over Cosmo Magazine Quiz

Cosmopolitan magazine quizzes are serious stuff, apparently. Noelle Clough and her husband were drinking at their Mesa home and reading through a Cosmo quiz when they began to argue about their ex-lovers. The fight reportedly escalated to the point that Clough allegedly grabbed a knife and stabbed her husband in the back.

Worst Job Interview Ever

Some people can’t handle pressure. They crack and end up saying something embarrassing. Cody Slaughter is apparently one of those people.

During an interview for a position with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Slaughter was asked whether he’d committed any unreported criminal acts. The 22-year-old reportedly admitted to using drugs, having sex with various animals, and molesting a young child. He later confirmed the statements were true, according to authorities.

Tucson TV Anchor Suspected of Shoplifting

Martha Vazquez had no excuse. As a 30-year veteran anchor at Tucson’s KVOA-TV, she probably made more than enough to splurge on a new wardrobe. Instead, however, Vazquez reportedly decided to shoplift a $388 jacket and a $30 pair of earrings from Dillards. The momentary lapse of restraint cost Vazquez her job and led to a shoplifting charge.

Fox News Airs Carjacking Suspect’s Suicide

Back in September, cable TV’s Fox News Channel aired the un-airable while covering a Phoenix car chase. Phoenix police were in pursuit of a carjacking suspect, when the suspect pulled off onto a dirt road, began to run, and then shot himself in the head.

A Fox 10 news helicopter filmed the entire incident, broadcasting the footage in real time. According to anchor Shepard Smith, the video was supposed to be on a five-second delay, but the delay failed.

Drunk Man Slashes Tires on 21 Cars

David Luellen wanted revenge. He’d recently been kicked out a Scottsdale bar and decided to get back at the bartender by slashing the man’s tires. The problem was that he wasn’t sure which car belonged to the bartender.

So Luellen did what any reasonable person would do: he slashed the tires of almost every car in the parking lot — 21 cars to be exact. Luellen was charged with theft, burglary, and criminal damage.

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