Thursday, September 25, 2008

Damn! I *so* wanted to be on that jury...

First, I read this story (from AP via -
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Call it a case of assault with a smelly weapon. Police in West Virginia accuse Jose Cruz of passing gas -- then fanning it toward an officer.
Mr. Cruz was later charged with battery on an officer and drunken driving (What? You were shocked that a guy who farted and directed it toward a cop was drunk at the time. :)) )

I saw this story earlier today and seriously considered moving to West Virginia so that I'd have a chance to sit on the jury when a police officer stood up in court to explain that he was injured by a fart. I had all sorts of witticisms planned like "Cruz potentially faces other, more serious, charges like 'disturbing the peace - tooting' and 'ADW - flatulence'.

Now that I'm home, however, I'm glad I didn't do anything rash (and I'm pretty sure that living in WV would have eventually involved a rash :) ).

This story was hitting the wires by the time I made it home (courtesy AP) -
A West Virginia man accused of passing gas and fanning it toward a police officer no longer faces a battery charge. The Kanawha County prosecutor's office requested that the charge be dropped against 34-year-old Jose Cruz.

The story didn't give a reason for the prosecutor's move to drop the charge, though I expect the desire not to be subject to national ridicule may have played a part in the decision.



Elizabeth Rogers said...

That would be a hard case to preside over.

cpmaz said...

The production of the evidence for the case would be "unique" in the annals of American jurisprudence.


Elizabeth Rogers said...

The argument over presenting that bit of evidence would be pretty weird.