I am posting this news article as a follow up to my post titled, "Free Advice to Stupid Criminals."
I'd really love to see some medical literature to support the notion that a man would grope an unwilling woman as a result of a "black out" caused by a change in seizure medication. Until then, I'm just not buying it. I doubt a jury of 12 will either.
I guess that's the problem: it is really hard to come up with a realistic defense when your client is a full-blown idiot - a lot like trying to make a gourmet sandwich out of Velveeta and Wonder Bread.
Defense attorney: United flight fondling suspect 'blacked out'
Last updated January 3, 2008 9:40 a.m. PT
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PITTSBURGH -- The lawyer for a Seattle-area man says his client doesn't remember groping a female passenger aboard a United Airlines flight.
The Pittsburgh lawyer, Steve Townsend, says 46-year-old Michael Lamar Holland recently changed seizure medications and has a history of blackouts.
Holland has been charged by federal air marshals with abusive sexual contact for the episode Sunday night on United Flight 917.
Air marshals say Holland groped the 39-year-old woman shortly after the flight took off for Seattle from Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C.. The plane was bound for Seattle from Dulles International Airport but was diverted to Pittsburgh as a result.
Holland is scheduled to appear Monday in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh.