Desperate Lie of the Week

A Connecticut television station traffic reporter, Desiree Fontaine was caught by security personnel as she apparently tried to shoplift a Hawaiian shirt, a bottle of cologne, two pairs of earrings and a necklace from a Sears store. When she was apprehended, Fontaine explained that she was shoplifting as part of a freelance reporting project she was doing “on the side.” Presumably this will set up a First Amendment defense at her trial, with her lawyer arguing that shoplifting is protected by Freedom of the Press.

The real question is this: is this excuse more or less desperate than the previous benchmark, Lindsay Lohan’s claim that the cocaine police found in her pocket wasn’t hers because she was wearing someone else’s pants?

[Thanks to Legal Blog Watch for the story.}

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Filed under Journalism & Media, Law & Law Enforcement

2 responses to “Desperate Lie of the Week

  1. And if that doesn’t work, there’s the old reliable fallback. “It wasn’t me! It was the system that failed.”

  2. Or my favorite: “What elephant?”

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