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Still Much Wiser than the Defendant

“He’s a very sensitive guy, has law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford,” Charles Abbott told Pitkin County (Colo.) Court Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely. “I think he’ll be able to represent me before a public defender comes online.” Abbott was referring to who he wanted to represent him in court; Abbott, 67, is accused of assaulting his 75-year-old former roommate at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. The “lawyer” Abbott presented to the court was “Solomon” — a stuffed owl. The judge ignored the request; the owl made no comments during the proceedings. (RC/Aspen Times) ...Of course not: he was not recognized by the court.
Original Publication Date: 14 June 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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