ASPEN, Colo. — A man suspected of violating a protection order in an alleged assault at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting brought a stuffed animal to court to defend him, The Aspen Times reported.
Charles Abbott put a fuzzy horned owl on the defense table during a court appearance Tuesday, saying the owl’s name was Solomon and that he be used until a public defender was assigned to his case.
“He’s a very sensitive guy, has law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford,” Abbott told Pitkin County Court Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely.
Fernandez-Ely ignored the owl during the hearing in which Michael Stranahan said he was out of town when Abbott went to his home to retrieve belongings, a violation of the protection order.
Stranahan said no, and the hearing ended with the protection order in place.