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Santa Claus is From Ohio: Merry Christmas Everyone!

I was wondering whether Santa Claus has ever really been in court charged with a crime.  Sort of like “Miracle on 34th Street.” Alas, he was.  Santa was arrested and prosecuted in Ohio for knowingly possessing a fictitious identification card, a first degree misdemeanor. It seems Santa had collided into the rear of another vehicle. After handing some cash over on the spot to the other driver as compensation, the cops came and Santa dutifully provided his state-issued photo identification card. The police officer wasn’t in the same Christmas spirit and arrested Santa for the “fake” I.D.  Santa moved to dismiss, and won. You see, for about 20 years the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles had been issuing Santa photo identification cards, certificate of title and vehicle registrations. So the State could not prove Santa had displayed a fictitious identification card.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Anthony R. Minchella

Anthony R. Minchella

Tony represents Fortune 50 financial services companies, retail giants, and small and large specialty products companies in employment litigation, trade secret and non-competition litigation, and unfair trade practice issues. When acting as local counsel, Tony, an adjunct professor of law on Connecticut Civil Procedure at Quinnipiac Law School, helps lead counsel navigate the nuances of Connecticut state and federal court practice. Tony graduated magna cum laude from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He passed the New Jersey, New York and Connecticut bar exams and then moved on to careers with large and small firms which led to his boutique litigation practice.
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