Real Life Bart Simpson Appeared Before a Judge Named Mr. Burns
Last year a man from England named Bart Simpson was arrested for having a firearm in an airport. Simpson is 56, so you can't blame his parents for giving him the kind of name that would result in ridicule and, eventually, a life of crime. ('The Simpsons' has been on for that long. It only seems like it.)
It was just fate that he ended up with the same name as a cartoon troublemaker. And when his trial began earlier this month fate struck again. Bart Simpson would be facing a judge named Mr. Burns.
Don't believe us? Check out the court document:
Yes, the cartoon bad boy's full name is Bartholomew J. Simpson and not Barton Simpson like the real man, but it's close enough.
While this scenario on the show would involve courtroom trap doors and cruel and unusual punishments involving hounds, Judge Burns actually went easy on Bart.
Typically, having a gun in an airport comes with a sentence of five years. However Judge Burns accepted Simpson's explanation that the gun was simply an antique curio that he had mistakenly left in his bag and only sentenced him to 12 months probation and a small fine. So, just like on TV, Bart more or less gets away with his mischief making.