Wednesday, May 27, 2009

End of the year party!

A good time was had by all at Judge Helvin's place on Saturday -- the weather was beautiful, the company was marvelous, and the cops did not get called. If you weren't there, sorry you missed it ... and if you were, well, what happens at the Inn of Court party stays at the Inn of Court party....and yes, that is a snake.

Friday, May 8, 2009

May 14 meeting/End of the year party May 23

Hello all:

The next regular meeting of the Inn is Thursday, May 14, at 6 PM, Legal Aid Justice Center. Ron Tweel's group (which includes John Davidson, Jessica Smith, Ralph Feil, and Ned Slaughter) is determined to present a fascinating and timely topic, and the discussion will certainly be lively.

Also, please keep in mind that the end of the year party is the following Saturday, May 23, at Judge Helvin's place on the Rivanna. More details to come...

In the meantime, just so you civil lawyers know what we criminal lawyers have to contend with, here's your moment of zen:
Police unmoved by loaned-pants story

An Athens-Clarke police officer didn't believe a homeless man's story that his pants were borrowed and that he had no idea the owner left cocaine in the pocket, according to the officer's report.

Nathaniel Howard, 49, told an officer that he was waiting outside a Bethel Homes apartment about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday because his cousin's girlfriend lived there and he needed a ride home. That story fell apart when two people came out of the apartment and said they had never seen Howard.

He was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass, and at the Clarke County Jail, a deputy found powder cocaine in his jeans pocket, according to police.

Despite Howard's explanation that the pants - and the drug - belonged to someone else, authorities charged him with cocaine possession.