Part of the Miranda warning goes: “Anything you say or do may be used against you in a court of law.” For one Kansas convict, however, the clause missed the word “have.”
Howard Kurtz, a skilled Raleigh lawyer with Kurtz & Blum discusses a recent case of a man on trial for murder who coincidentally has the word “MURDER” tattooed around his neck.
Jeffrey Wade Chapman, charged with the murder of Damon Galliart in November 2011, asked the court for permission to have a tattoo artist remove the tattoo across his neck (shown in the mugshot). Chapman feared that the infamous tattoo may weigh heavily against him when he appears in court. Although county police pointed out that the law permits tattoo artists to practice only in licensed facilities and not in jail, prosecutors did not object to hiding the tattoo underneath clothing or bandage.