Aspen man uses stuffed owl as defense attorney at court hearing

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(Photo: Aspen Police Department)

(Photo: Aspen Police Department)

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.


Charles Abbott brought a stuffed owl “Solomon” as his defense attorney during a court hearing in Aspen on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. (Photo: Rick Carroll/The Aspen Times)


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.