A man in Pitkin County, Aspen, CL., brought a stuffed owl to court on Tuesday, placed it on the defense table in front of him, and enlisted it as his attorney.
Introducing the stuffed bird as ‘Solomon’, 67-year old Charles Abbott told the judge, ‘He’s a very sensitive guy, has law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford. I think he’ll be able to represent me before a public defender comes online.’
Abbott was arrested on Saturday for violating the restraining order that mandated him to stay away from his 75-year old former roommate Michael Stranahan, who had accused him of assault. But Abbott claimed in his defense that it was all a misunderstanding … that he simply came over to Stranahan’s house to pick up his belongings.
Stranahan – who was not around when Abbott came over to take his belongings – however told the court that he never permitted Abbott to come over and never will. He also accused Abbott of stealing his belongings, pointing out that Abbott was wearing his shirt in court. He also refused the judge’s attempt to reconcile them.
Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely later ruled that Abbott should stay away from Stranahan, but can attend the same church with him.
And Abbott’s ‘lawyer’ didn’t have a say in the matter.