The law was created to protect human rights, personal property, and, in essence, to keep us dastardly humans from killing each other. It’s easy to highlight corrupt cops, overcrowded prisons, and money-grubbing lawyers in order to chalk the system up as a failure. It’s flawed, sure. But in a roundabout way, it’s served its purpose, for the most part.
Don’t worry, this isn’t a politically motivated think-piece. But it’s important to establish that the legal system isn’t always motivated by the endless pursuit of liberty and justice for all. To say the absolute least, it’s complicated.
Today on FilthyRich, we highlight the absurd, the strange, and the downright bizarre. So brew yourself a coffee, make sure it’s not too hot, and settle in for our exploration of the most bizarre lawsuits in legal history.
Robert Brock v. Himself
One night back in 1993, Robert Brock had a few too many alcoholic beverages and then proceeded to “go out and get arrested.” Simple enough, right? Not exactly. You see, by consuming the alcoholic beverages, Robert Brock claimed to have violated his own religious beliefs. He was so disappointed in himself that a few years later Brock sued himself for $5 million in damages.
But here’s the kicker. Because Robert Brock was incarcerated and unable to afford the lofty damage claim, he asked the state to foot the bill. Though the judge praised Brock’s “innovative approach to civil-rights litigation,” she dismissed his case outright.