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Law Students Behead Exotic Bird at Vegas Casino

December 28th, 2012 - 6:02 am

More good press from the law academy:

Prosecutors filed charges Thursday against two University of California, Berkeley, law school students accused of decapitating an exotic bird at a Las Vegas casino earlier this year.

The charges against Justin Teixeira, 24, include felony killing and felony torturing of an animal, while Eric Cuellar, 24, faces a misdemeanor charge of instigating, engaging in or furthering an act of animal cruelty.

And what did they do to the birds at the Flamingo Casino?

Police said the two men were seen Oct. 12 laughing and throwing around the body of a dead, 14-year-old helmeted guineafowl at the Flamingo resort-casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The large bird named Turk was part of the Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat, a garden area with ponds and streams that houses many types of birds.

Surveillance video captured the men chasing the bird into some trees, authorities said, and witnesses told police the two emerged carrying the bird’s body and severed head.

Look for Justin Teixeira and Eric Cuellar at a big law firm in a few years representing clients.

Update: Bird Beheader Justin Teixeira worked as a law clerk at the U.S. Department of Justice Environmental and Natural Resources Division.  One does not usually obtain these sort of jobs without an element of (ironic) activism.

 

 

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