Man Hires Stuffed Owl As His Defense Attorney
Charles Abbott was accused of violating a protection order involving his former roommate and decided to hire a stuffed owl as his representative in court.
Abbott’s court appearance was to address a protection order that took effect after he was accused of assaulting his former roommate, Michael Stranahan, at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting May 9.
Authorities again arrested Abbott, 67, on Saturday on suspicion of violating the court order by going to Stranahan’s North 40 home to collect some belongings. Stranahan said he had previously thrown Abbott out of his place.
Abbott told Fernandez-Ely it was a misunderstanding; Stranahan said Abbott took some of Stranahan’s possessions.
Abbot said of his attorney, Solomon, "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."
Reportedly, the owl sat expressionless and had no comment.