Law Students Arrested for Beheading Exotic Bird in ‘Hangover’ Style Weekend

new guinea fowlWe hate to agree with the decades old jokes about lawyers being heartless, but the jokes may carry some truth if some horrific news about two law students at the prestigious Boalt Hall, UC Berkley proves to be true.

Over the weekend, Eric Cuellar and Justin Teixeria apparently decided to remake The Hangover. But instead of adhering to the "no animals will be harmed in the making of this adventure," the two allegedly went on a wild rampage, and decided the grotesque murder and beheading of an exotic bird in the infamous Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas was a good idea.

A horrifyingly heartless, despicable, and disgusting crime, especially once further details emerged.


Justin Teixeira, a self-proclaimed "frat boy," graduated from UCLA in 2010 with a minor in, shockingly, environmental studies. He took a trip to Vegas with his friend Eric Cuellar, president of his pre-law class at University of Texas, Austin. Unfortunately for the two, not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, as Eric Cuellar and Justin Teixeira have now made international news after being accused of beheading a bird.

The two law students, allegedly caught on security footage at the Flamingo Hotel in Vegas, managed to get their hands on an exotic bird, a 14-year old helmeted guinea fowl. These security tapes allegedly showed the two law students throwing the bird around, laughing and talking about how they planned to kill it.

Security officers then allegedly saw Eric and Justin emerging from a grove in the casino with the decapitated corpse -- and the head -- of a formerly-beautiful bird. When questioned, the two frat boys refused to give their name, enacting the Fifth Amendment privilege, and were taken into custody.

Thanks to a 2011 amendment to Nevada law, killing an exotic bird can be considered a felony. Both Eric and Justin were, in fact, charged with felonies -- conspiracy and the willful, malicious torture or killing of wildlife.

The students have been whisked out on bail by their parents (I, for the record, would NOT bail out my kid had he done this), and dumped back in California where the watchful eyes of the world will ensure that these two heinously cruel men pay for cutting the head off an innocent bird.

And furthermore, these two students shouldn't be allowed to represent the legal system after taking the life of an innocent creature.

What are your reactions to the beheading of the beautiful bird in Vegas by two law students?

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