Texas Senate Votes to Outlaw Use of Hypnosis in Criminal Cases
This is one of those stories that makes your jaw hit the floor as you ask yourself, "What?!".
The Texas Senate just passed a bill that would outlaw the use of investigative hypnosis in criminal cases.
Believe it or not, up until recently the Texas Department of Public Safety was using hypnosis as an interrogation technique while investigating crimes.
That's according to a series of stories from the Dallas Morning News that exposed the practice, which seems to have been popular with the Texas Rangers over the past 40 years or so.
It got me thinking about other laws in Texas that are kinda weird.
According to HG.org legal services, it's illegal to sell Limburger cheese on a Sunday. You could get a $500 fine for sitting on the sidewalk in Galveston. Also, as tempting as it might be, it's illegal to shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.
It's also against the law to milk your neighbor's cow.
The one I found the most absurd though was the 24-hour notice law. Those planning to commit a crime in Texas are required by law to provide their victims with 24 hours written or verbal notice. The law was put on the books in an effort to reduce crime. Did it work? It sounds like something out of a Terry Pratchett novel.
It seems like there are plenty of Texas laws that need to be reviewed and done away with, but let's keep the 24-hour rule just for sh!ts and giggles.