Hello, I’m Professor Leonard Birdsong. I live in Orlando, Florida where I teach Criminal Law, Evidence, and Immigration Law at the Barry Law School. I received my Juris Doctor degree from the Harvard Law School and my Bachelor’s degree from Howard University. I have written many scholarly legal pieces since joining the legal academy in 1998.
Since 2013 I have written and published fourteen eBooks devoted to the doings of dumb criminals, and the antics of weird and funny criminals. My latest book that just came out is Professor Birdsong’s Dumbest Criminal Stories: The Southwest. These books are not scholarly pieces! My six volumes of Weird Criminal Law Stories and my other series of seven Dumbest Criminals books, and my “365” Weird Stories for every Day of the Year, are written just for fun and enjoyment.
I am very proud of my legal career which included my work as an attorney with the law firm of Baker & Hostetler. I later served as a diplomat with the State Department with various postings in Nigeria, Germany, and the Bahamas. I also worked as a federal prosecutor, first as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, and later as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands. After leaving government service, I was in private practice in Washington, D.C., where I specialized in trial work ranging from criminal defense work to political asylum matters.
Although I have been involved in serious criminal law work over the years as a prosecutor, a defense attorney, and a law professor, I know that it is good to stayed grounded. This means often taking time to look at the many funny and weird criminal law stories that crop up around the United States and the world. Sometimes it is good laugh at some of the silly foibles of dumb criminals and their crimes. That is why several years ago I began to collect and edit from the wire services and news the type of weird and funny criminal law stories that appear in my anthologies. I hope my readers will get a few good laughs or at least, some chuckles from my collections of dumb and weird criminal law stories.