Heartbreak hotel, deluxe
Couples check in, but they don’t check out — as couples, that is.
Attorney Daryl Weinman in Austin, Texas, has developed Divorce Resort, a way for couples seeking a split to do so in the lap of luxury. They agree up-front that Weinman will mediate all matters and settle their differences during a three-day getaway at a high-end resort of their choice. Couples pay a flat fee of $15,000, including the cost of the resort, Weinman said. Having a set fee and timeline for resolving differences, she said, “takes away a lot of the anxiety.” Her website features beguiling photos of a golf course and a woman relaxing at poolside.
Couples stay in separate rooms, and they don’t have to see each other unless they want to. Weinman shuttles back and forth between the parties during their stay, and at the end presents a settlement agreement. — Leigh Jones
The holidays may be over, but a Louisiana woman wants to keep a light display on her roof extending a middle finger to her neighbors. U.S. District Judge James Brady heard testimony about whether Sarah Childs should be granted a preliminary injunction, barring the city of Denham Springs, La., and police from requiring her to remove the display. Childs said she put up the roof message in November because she believed a neighbor stole her dog. — Associated Press
The National Rifle Association isn’t happy about a gun buyback program held in Tucson, Ariz., on January 8, the second anniversary of shootings that killed six people and injured 13, including former U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. If the police destroy the guns, they’ll be in violation of a state law that requires officers to sell them to a federally licensed firearms dealer — or so Todd Rathner, a member of the NRA national board of directors, told National Public Radio. Sergeant Chris Widmer of the Tucson Police Department told the Arizona Daily Wildcat that Rathner was way off base. “We’ve gone through our city attorney and reviewed the Arizona law. Basically, for this buyback, we do not fall under that statute.” — Richard Binder
A police officer who saw an automobile passenger flash a middle finger at him lacked reasonable suspicion for a traffic stop, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. St. Johnsville, N.Y., cops claimed they thought the gesture might signal that something was wrong. “The nearly universal recognition that this gesture is an insult deprives such an interpretation of reasonableness,” the court said, declining to lend “judicial approval to the stopping of every vehicle from which a passenger makes that gesture.” — New York Law Journal