News and Notes – 6/26/2008

Mistrial. An Australian drug trial lasting more than three months and costing taxpayers nearly $1 million was derailed after a number of jurors were caught playing Sudoku during testimony. Sudoku is a puzzle where you complete a grid of numbers in the correct sequence. The judge was alerted after some of the jurors were observed writing their notes vertically, rather than horizontally.

Easy credit. Six-year old Bennett Christiansen received a credit card in the mail. Bennett had filled out an application truthfully stating his age as six and his income as $0. He indicated that he was neither a homeowner or a renter. He signed the application in his own six-year old handwriting. In return, Bank of America sent him a valid card card of his own (with a $600 limit).

Under-age driver. A 7-year-old Indiana boy drove his grandmother’s car more than a mile to a shopping mall before another motorist blocked the car and took the keys. Several motorists called police around 9 a.m. Tuesday to report a small child driving toward Muncie Mall on the city’s north side. The boy was so small that some motorists could not see anyone behind the wheel.

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