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Professor Birdsong teaches Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Evidence, and Immigration Law at the Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the Harvard Law School and his Bachelors degree from Howard University. On April 1, 2009, he was promoted to the post of Associate Dean of Administration of the Law School.

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Hi Readers –I hope you have a happy April Fools’ Day today INDIA: “He was born to be a lawyer,” read the headline. A 27-year-old businessman says he plans to sue his parents for bringing him into the world without his permission. Raphael Samuel’s mother and father are both attorneys and presumably accustomed to strange lawsuits. Mom Kavita said, “If Raphael could come up with a rational explanation as to how we could have sought…
CONNECTICUT: Explosive idiot suit? A woman was severely hurt when she lit a quarter stick of dynamite that she found in her basement during a power outage last year – and is now suing her home’s former owner. Karina Gutierrez of Bridgeport suffered facial injuries in the September 2018, incident which she blames on the old owner leaving dynamite around. FLORIDA: Lewd! A man was charged with exposing himself in the pillow section of a…
UNITED KINGDOM: A real prescription mix-up. We learn that a Scottish woman with dry eye was mistakenly given erectile-dysfunction cream. The Glasgow patient suffered chemical injuries including blurred vision, a swollen eyelid and redness after using the cream. It appears that the mishap occurred when a local pharmacist misread the woman’s prescription for Vita-Pos, a lubricant for dry eye and corneal erosions, as Vitaros, a cream for erectile dysfunction, according to a case study published…
TENNESSEE: Who flung poo??? A belligerent guest at a Memphis hotel caused a scene, flinging feces and urine-soaked towels at staffers and fellow guests. Police were called to the Airport Inn three times before finally arresting Burnestine Wright, 53, on charges that included assault, disorderly conduct, vandalism – and public intoxication. TEXAS: Wine and Pringles on a scooter… A woman was arrested for cruising around her local Walmart parking lot in an electric shopping cart…
FLORIDA: A real “bum” rap! We learn that a jailbird swears he got a bum rap. Wesley Scott, 40, despite his prior drug arrests and despite being caught with three syringes up his rear end, told Pinellas County Jail officials he had no idea how the paraphernalia got there, police said. CALIFORNIA: Back to prison food for him… We learn that a fugitive escaped from prison in California but was caught at a Taco Bell…
NEW HAMPSHIRE: A Vietnamese Food fight? A fight is raging over a sign in a local restaurant. Officials in the town of Keene ordered the restaurant to take down a sign, which boasted of its signature dish, pho, pronounced “Fuh.” The sign bragged: “fuh-keen-great.” INDIANA: Stripped!! A 90-year-old cyclist was stripped of his gold medal for taking performance-enhancing drugs, officials said. Carl Grove of Bristol won the Masters Track National Championship sprint cycling race last…
NEW YORK CITY: PERVERT? A Queens man was charged with a record 17,725-count criminal indictment for allegedly downloading thousands of images and videos of babies and children being sexually abused, the Queens district attorney said in mid-January 2019. Vishal Lalbarry, 30, of Jamaica was arraigned on charges that include promoting a sexual performance by a child and sexual misconduct because he also had 16 videos of himself having sex with a dog. VIRGINIA: Mr. Peeper or Mr. pervert…
WASHINGTON, D.C. : Lynching A Hate Crime Law? We have come to learn in February 2020, sixty-five years after 14-year-old Emmett Till was lynched in Mississippi, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation designating lynching as a hate crime under federal law. The bill, introduced by Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush and named after Till, comes 120 years after Congress first considered anti-lynching legislation, and then failed to pass it 200 times. The House measure…
ARGENTINA: “She had a bud in the oven,” read the headline. A woman posing to be pregnant in Argentina was arrested with nine pounds of marijuana stashed in her fake baby bump. The unidentified lady and a male friend were crossing the country’s border into Chile by bus when they were stopped at a check point near Mendoza. AUSTRALIA: Asylum grant for a DIY penis enlargement caper? Yes, an Iranian seeking asylum in Australia in…
WEST VIRGINIA: “The crime was a real loo-loo,” read the headline. We learn that a burglar broke into a Huntington home and stole a TV, computer – and a new, uninstalled toilet. “How desperate are you that you steal a toilet, of all things?” Barry Hyder asked when he returned home and discovered the loss after his daughter’s wedding. WISCONSIN: “A killer bonus,” read the headline. The owners of a Hortonville novelty glassware company gave…