Legal Briefs for February 19, 2009

POSTED: Thursday, February 19, 2009 - 7:35pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:57pm

In Oregon a man says his REALTOR® took the term “Open House” to a new low. When homeowner Dan Kuske returned from a trip, he found his real estate agent, Michael Messmer, in his house with a drink in his hand and a young woman with him. Kuske says they at least had their shoes off. But he says they drank a half-gallon of his best booze and he’s missing hair care products, perfume, and a video game. Kuske says Messmer even tried to walk out the door with a cocktail glass. He’s charged with burglary.

A man in Utah found out a stash of grass may not do much for a car’s mileage, but it can take the place of a lot of gas. The man took his newly purchased Nissan Armada to a mechanic because his gas gauge always read half full. The mechanic found 35 pounds of marijuana inside the gas tank in plastic-wrap packages. Police estimate the pot is worth about $35,000. Sandy Police are trying to figure out who stashed the pot, but say the current owner is not a suspect.

A suspected burglar is facing charges after he was literally caught with his pants down. Deputies say Robert Pittman was trying to steal cigarettes from Beer City I Pensacola Monday night. Hands full of ill-gotten gain, Pittman tried to run away, but in the end, his fashion sense got the better of him. His fully hands prevented him from pulling up his baggy pants, which fells to his ankles, causing him to fall. Police caught him literally with his pants down. Pittman is charged with burglary and theft.

A Manhattan jury awarded a man $2.3 million who lost his leg after drunkenly stumbling onto the path of an oncoming subway train. 25-year-old Dustin Dibble was hit by a train and had his leg severed in 2006 after a late night at a bar with friends. Dibble’s blood alcohol level at the time was .18, but his lawyer argued to the jury that NYC transit rather than Dibble was responsible for the accident because the subway driver had time to stop the train but did not. The transit authority plans to appeal.