If you're on parole, don't steal a judge's office-door nameplate (If you do, don't pose with it on Facebook)

21-year-old Steven Mulhall cut a Spicolian caper when he stole the nameplate off a judge's courthouse office-door, then posed with it for a photo, which his romantic ladyfriend posted to Facebook. It was discovered by a law enforcement professional, who took the fellow into custody.

Adding to the stupidity quotient, Mulhall did this while already on parole for theft. "The nameplate is [worth] only $40, not that big of a crime, but what an idiot," said Sheriff Al Lamberti. "Here he is flaunting it on Facebook. He violated the terms of his parole by stealing, from a judge no less. He's got multiple convictions for petty theft, so now this is a felony." Lamberti said the plate would be "returned to the rightful owner," who, again, is a judge.

Note: Add "Judge's Nameplate" to List of Things Not to Steal


  1. the man is mortal flesh made god – what serious application to the honorable pursuit of dissing the toerags that politicians inflict upon us in the guise of judiciary

  2. But in the future he will get a lot of money for saving Brooke Shields from drowning and then blow it  all hiring Van Halen for his birthday party. 

    1. In that case, wonder in awe at how much this one would cost, the Monty Python sketch where Mr Raymond Luxury Yacht (pronounced “Throatwobbler Mangrove”) requests cosmetic surgery.

  3. He’s in deep doo-doo now: the fine for not wearing a seat belt could be higher than the misdemeanor theft….and much easier to effect (no presumption of innocence in traffic court, and a much faster “trial”).

  4. All I can think of here, is wonder if the fellow would have been taken into custody if the fellow’s name had been Lindsay Lohan, or sheepishly asked to return federal property “whenever it’s convenient”.

  5. The local media covered this one on the news tonight…
    The Judge who had the nameplate snatched… is the Judge he was due to appear before for his PRIOR arrest.

  6. “You wouldn’t steal a policeman’s helmet. Then post on Facebook about it. Then give it to the grieving policeman. Then steal it AGAIN!…”

  7. No one is going to bring up that this all could have been avoided if the GF had had proper privacy settings on her FB?

  8. So this kid stealing a nameplate is a felony, meaning that he will be sentenced to more than one year in prison for it and permanently bear the stigma of being a convicted felon.  What’s stupider, the kid doing this, or the criminal justice system’s absurd overreaction to it?

    1.  I vote for the one who didn’t understand the guy is a repeat offender and many crimes turn into felonies if you keep doing them.

      He’s also on parole, you know you give your word you wont commit any crimes while on parole?  So he is a liar and an oath-breaker too.

      1. So he is a liar and an oath-breaker too.

        Does that mean that his parole officer’s 23x great grandson can summon him to the Stone of Erech?

  9. Maybe it just crawled into his hand and he is innocent? 

    I totally agree that the kid may have a kleptomania issue, and that jailing him makes no sense. Maybe the system will smarten up and just get him some therapy?

  10. A strong candidate for a Darwin Award. Keep on going strong Steven, in no time, you’ll get one! 

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