There's nothing wilder than wild life right? Well, here's where it gets weird as well...I bet you thought only PEOPLE were put on trial, right? Guess again...
1. Mosquitoes... in the 1200's in the town of Mayenne, France, the townspeople sued a swarm of mosquitoes for becoming a public nuisance. When the bugs failed to show up for their trial, the court appointed lawyer then fought on their behalf. The verdict...the court banished the bugs from being seen in town...but provided them a patch of land outside of town where they could swarm in peace.
2. Rooster...in 1471 in the town of Basel, Switzerland, the townsfolk put a rooster on trial for laying an egg. Believing the rooster to be possessed by the devil, a trial was performed to determine guilt or innocence. The verdict...the rooster was found guilty of sorcery and burned at the stake.
3. Leeches...in 1451 in the town of Lausanne, Switzerland, a landowner decided to complain about the number of leeches he discovered in a pond on his land. The local bishop then took the slimy critters to court and the leeches were given three days to leave town or face the consequences. When the leeches didn't pack up and go, the court rendered it's decision. The verdict...death by exorcism.
4. Rats...in 1522 in Autun, France, the diocese sued a few rats for destroying the local barley supply. The lawyer for the defense won a continuance because he argued that not all the rats in question was properly summoned and he needed more time to inform his clients which were scattered over several villages in the area. The lawyer then argued that it was too dangerous for the rats to show up in court because of all the townspeople who owned cats. The verdict...since the court could not determine a safe time for the rats to appear in court, they won the case by default and their freedom.
5. Blackie...in 1981 in Augusta, Georgia, a cat named Blackie stood on the corner and performed for owner, Carl Miles, for tips. Blackie made so much money that the city threatened to take Carl to court for Blackie not having a business license. The verdict...a smart judge decided that since Blackie was not human, he was exempt.