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Pennsylvania lawyer’s ad starring smiling thugs draws criticism

QUIRKY WORLD ... A daily look at some of the world’s stranger stories

USA: A Pittsburgh lawyer’s online ad showing smiling robbers, drug dealers, and prostitutes flashing thumbs up and thanking him for getting them off the hook has garnered tens of thousands of views and drawn fire from a local bar association.

One fictional criminal pauses while climbing out a window, carrying a laptop to say “Thanks Dan”, to the camera, while a pair of men carrying handguns offer a similar message before pulling ski masks over their faces in the three-minute, 27-second ad posted on YouTube by criminal defence lawyer Daniel Muessig.

Muessig, a 2012 University of Pittsburgh Law School graduate, then makes his own pitch: “Trust me, I may have a law degree, but I think like a criminal.”

The 32-year-old attorney said he believed the tongue-in-cheek approach would appeal to possible clients: “I wanted to connect with my potential clients in a way that people from my generation could understand.

“I wanted to give people something that would be memorable and entertaining.”

Tom Loftus, spokesman for the Allegheny County Bar Association, said he found the ad “insulting to Pittsburgh lawyers and lawyers across the country, who take great pride in their profession”.


USA: A skydiver who was injured when a small plane crashed into him in Florida says he will jump again as soon as he feels safe.

John Frost, 49, said he was sore and had some bruises after his parachute got entangled with an aircraft piloted by 87-year-old Shannon L Trembely.

Officials say Trembely was doing take-off and landing manoeuvres in his Cessna near the South Lakeland Airport when he encountered Frost on his third landing pass.

They were about 75ft (23m) above the ground when the collision happened.


SCOTLAND: Insights into how bacteria “talk” to each other could help scientists halt their growing resistance to antibiotics.

A study has revealed that bacteria use a form of communication similar to human language, but employing chemical signals instead of words.

This language enables bacteria to thrive and researchers hope that by interpreting it they can develop new drugs to fight infections without bacteria developing a resistance to them, researchers at Edinburgh University found.


ENGLAND: Alan Shearer and Robbie Savage put their bottoms on the line yesterday for a Sport Relief challenge which is set to prove to be a real pain in the bum.

The football pundits are racing each other to be first to sit on half the seats in the 90,000 capacity Wembley Stadium for the thigh-burning Battle of the Backsides contest. The duo have been kitted out with padded shorts to lessen wear and tear on their rears.


USA: A life-sized animatronic Abraham Lincoln is among the items from a Gettysburg wax museum set to hit the auction block just months after the town celebrated the 150th anniversary of his Gettysburg Address.

The American Civil War Wax Museum has occupied a prime spot near the centre of the battlefield for more than half a century. But it recently underwent an extensive renovation and wants to take a new approach to history.


USA: More than two decades after a cookbook was first checked out of a US library, it has just been returned.

A copy of The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean: A Celebration of the World’s Most Healthful Foods was placed in a return box at Lawrence Public Library in Kansas one night last week.

The cookbook had been checked out on September 24, 1992.

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