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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Goofy headlines

Some stories were just made for great headlines.
Take this one:

ROME (AP) _ Tweety may get a chance to take the witness stand and sing like a canary.

An Italian court ordered the animated bird, along with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and his girlfriend Daisy, to testify in a counterfeiting case.

In what lawyers believe was a clerical error worthy of a Looney Tunes cartoon, a court in Naples sent a summons to the characters ordering them to appear Friday in a trial in the southern Italian city, officials said.

The court summons cites Titti, Paperino, Paperina, Topolino — the Italian names for the characters — as damaged parties in the criminal trial of a Chinese man accused of counterfeiting products of Disney and Warner Bros.

Instead of naming only the companies and their legal representatives, clerks also wrote in the witness list the names of the cartoons that decorated the toys and gadgets the man had reproduced, said Fiorenza Sorotto, vice president of Disney Company Italia.


And here's what a few media outlets came up with:

Courtroom farce becomes animated (Times Online)
Will Mickey Squeal? (Detroit Free Press)
The trial is real, the 'witnesses' aren't (Philadelphia Daily News)
I call my next witness...Mickey Mouse (ABC News)
Court's for the birds...and mouse (Toronto Star)
Goofy summons animates court case (Ottowa Sun)
Court a Mickey Mouse operation (Irish Independent)
Raise your right wing: Italian court orders Tweety, Donald to testify (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

And my personal favorite...

I tawt I taw a tupoena! (Chicago Sun-Times)


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