I didn't do any interviews or background work...just a few simple crime scene photos, so I didn't have to read any reports to catch up on the case.
While waiting, for my case to be called, I had to sit through the end of a preliminary hearing on a drug case. A fresh faced young cop, stuffed into what looked like a new suit was struggling to act cool on the stand and an old school private defense attorney was putting him through his paces.
I wasn't really paying attention to until I heard the following:
Defense Attorney: So you saw my client in the park from your squad car?Kid Cop: Yes, thats correct.Defense Attorney: What did you see him doing?Kid Cop: He was standing against a tree,smoking an object that appeared to be what is know as a makeshift bong.(A whole lot of questioning that I wasn't paying attention to)Defense Attorney: So did you see my clientholding anything else?Kid Cop: No, just the pipe.Defense Attorney: Nothing else? Nothing on the ground?Kid Cop: NoDefense Attorney: Mmmm Hmmmm. Now, the property log indicates that the fast food bag you took from my client that was full of what you reported as marijuana...also had a Hamburger in it?Kid Cop: Yes, thats correct.Defense Attorney: But you say that you only saw my client with the purported drug paraphanalia. Where was the fast food bag with the hamburger inside?Kid Cop: I'm not sure...it could have been on his person....most likely in his pocket.(a long pause by the Defense Attorney...the Judge gave a long confused look)Defense Attorney: Ummm, are you telling me Officer Kid Cop, that it is a common practice for people to put hamburgers in their pockets?Kid Cop: Unfortunately...yes.