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Man brings stuffed owl to court as his defence lawyer

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Hilarious: Abbot brought the owl - named Solomon - as his defence
Hilarious: Abbot brought the owl - named Solomon - as his defence

An Aspen man accused of violating a protection order stemming from an assault at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting brought a stuffed animal to court to defend him.

The Aspen Times reports Charles Abbott put a fuzzy horned owl on the defence table during his court appearance on Tuesday, saying his name was Solomon and that he'd sit in until a public defender was assigned to his case.
 
Abbot sat at the defence table and told the judge that Solomon would be his legal counsel until a public defender was assigned to the case.
 
“He’s a very sensitive guy, has law degrees from Yale, Harvard and Stanford,” Abbott told the judge, according to the paper.
 
“I think he’ll be able to represent me before a public defender comes online.”
 
Michael Stranahan says he was out of town when Abbott violated the protection order by going to his home to retrieve belongings.
Pitkin County Court Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely ignored the owl during the hearing, and asked Stranahan if he'd be willing to amend the protection order to allow mediation.
 
Stranahan said no, and the hearing ended with the protection order in place.