Florida man acquitted after throwing feces at judge during burglary trial
There are some stories which could only come from Florida. There's something about the Sunshine State which makes people act in weird ways, and in actual fact, Florida natives are now somewhat proud of their state's reputation as a place where bizarre headlines are common, and where you should always expect the unexpected.
If you want an example of this kind of phenomenon, then look no further than this story. This week, on Friday, a Florida man was acquitted for defecating into his own hand, and hurling it at a shocked female judge while under trial for burglary. Predictably, the act of poop-throwing did not help his case in the slightest.
The culprit was a 33-year-old man named Dorleans Philidor, who was sitting in a wheelchair next to Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Lisa Walsh. Court officials say he attempted to chuck his excrement at her but missed.
The courtroom was cleared and sanitised as a result, and Mr Philidor was taken back into police custody during clean-up. There were no jurors present during the incident.
Commenting on the situation in a recent interview, witness Allen Rios told Miami Herald reporters: "It was intense. The corrections officers and police officers were swarming. Like 60 of them. They told everyone to leave and you couldn’t go back in. It was a hazardous area."
Meanwhile, court spokesperson Juan Diasgranados stated: "MDCR staff and Correctional Health Services (CHS) Staff will continue to monitor this inmate and will provide extra security precautions to avoid the events from reoccurring."