FLASHBACK: The Night Police Used Ozzy Osbourne To Throw a Criminal Party

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Unbeknownst to him on the night, Ozzy Osbourne threw a party with criminal suspects shortly after Halloween in 2007. With Osbourne playing a concert at a nearby venue, North Dakota sheriff Paul D. Laney invited 500 people with outstanding warrants to party and meet with Osbourne at a Fargo nightclub without Osbourne's initial knowledge or consent. 

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More than 30 wanted criminals appeared and were arrested, but the former leader of Black Sabbath was not happy nor impressed with his name being used in association with criminal activity. 

"Instead of holding a press conference to pat himself on the back, Sheriff Lany should be apologizing to me for using my name in connection with these arrests. It shows how lazy this particular sheriff is when it comes to doing his job," Osbourne expressed his displeasure in a following statement.

The sheriff has apologized since, stating, "We meant no disrespect toward Mr. Osbourne or his show. [Criminals] get very creative in how they abscond from the law. We just got real creative in how we reeled them in." 

With the incognito details and circulating lies involved in this setup, this could very well be have been an ironic actualization of Osbourne's 1988 single, "Breakin' All the Rules," except Osbourne makes it clear, in both his adventures and misadventures, he breaks his rules but he also establishes them. 

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