Well, the Boston Criminal Law Blog is likely to a be a bit shorter this week as we prepare for major battle in the criminal justice trenches later this week.
There is always time, though, to remind you that, even in the times of hottest temper, it pays to keep your cool. Here is an interesting little tidbit that caught my eye this past weekend.
Andre N., 21 of Westfield (hereinafter, the “Defendant”) is unlikely to be on time for work today. He had some trouble early Saturday morning. According to the authorities, the problem occurred at the ironically named “Fifth Alarm” strip club in Springfield. It would appear that he got alittle carried away, perhaps with the ambiance of his night out.
According to the police, the officers were working a detail at the club when a bouncer attempted to remove an unruly customer.
Yes, that would be our Defendant.
According to the police, the Defendant was opposed to his removal and so, following what passed for his logic at the time to the extreme, assaulted the bouncer. According to the authorities, when the officers came to help the victimized bouncer, the Defendant is said to have fought with the two of them as well. Apparently, the Defendant was so opposed that it even took additional units to respond to the scene and subdue him.
Fortunately, peace was restored and the bouncer, two police officers on detail plus additional police units were finally able to subdue the Defendant. He was charged with disorderly conduct, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and assault and battery on the club’s bouncer, police said
No reports of substantial injuries on the part of the officers or bouncer.
Attorney Sam’s Take:
“So, what’s the point, Sam? That you do not believe that it took alittle short of the United States military to subdue the one Defendant?”
I did not say that.
“So…given your past blogs…that all this would never have happened if prostitution were legal and we had a healthier attitude towards sex?”
Good points…but I did not say that either.
No….the point of today’s posting is simply to remind you that even in situations or atmospheres which raise one’s…temperature…one has to remain cool because the rest of the world still exists.
I do not know how the Defendant was “unruly”. I know it can happen in a strip club, which is one reason why there are bouncers and police officers posted there in the first place. I also have been observing and experiencing human nature for more years than I care to admit right here. However, the fact is, one bad moment of losing control wins you the Commonwealth bracelets of shame.
It can happen to most people, though. If it happens to you or a loved one, I would suggest you get an experienced criminal defense attorney to help. At worst it is better than trying to fight your way out of it.
In the meantime, of course, if you wish to discuss such a matter with me, please feel free to contact me at 617-492-3000.
To find the original stories upon which this story is based, please go to http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2010/02/springfield_police_arrest_west.html