Supreme Court: It's OK for Cops to Guess Wrong About What the Law Is

Tom Scocca · 12/15/14 03:40PM

A robust 8-1 majority of the Supreme Court ruled today that, contrary to folk belief, ignorance of the law is a perfectly good excuse—as long as it's a cop who's claiming ignorance. The case, Heien v. North Carolina, dealt with a car owner who ended up charged with cocaine trafficking after a police officer, who thought the driver looked "nervous," followed the car and stopped it because it had only one working brake light.

Prankster Pretends He's Famous, Convinces People He's an Actual Celebrity

Neetzan Zimmerman · 08/23/12 07:30AM

Setting out to prove the catchphrase "fake it till you make it" correct, some nobody named Brett Cohen made himself look like a somebody by hiring photographers, bodyguards, and other hangers-on to follow him around Times Square and make him look famous.