Monday, December 10, 2007

What's In A Name?

Not a legal profession case, but worthy of note is a recent decision of the Court of Appeals of Indiana. The court affirmed a conviction for felony battery by bodily waste and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The incident began with a mother-daughter argument "about the daughter brushing her teeth before going to school." After police arrived, the defendant spat in the officer's face. The evidence of the felony was deemed sufficient because the defendant "knowingly placed a bodily fluid on a law enforcement officer in a rude, insolent, or angry manner while the officer was engaged in the performance of official duties." The defendant, who proceeded pro se with standy counsel, also was found in contempt: "From the beginning of the trial, [the defendant] used extremely foul and profane language in the presence of the trial judge, which we choose not to repeat."

The defendant's name is Rageing Warr. (Mike Frisch)

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