I understand that life can throw you a curveball. Maybe you had too much wine at a wedding and were subsequently pulled over. Perhaps you got into a shouting match with your neighbor after he trampled your prize winning azaleas for the 15th time. Things happen. With life's hiccups aside, is it really that difficult to stay out of jail? Aside from an occasional speeding ticket, I have basically managed to spend my entire adult life outside of the state's penal system. Call me crazy, but is it really that hard to do?
Within my own law practice, I often cannot believe what the individual sitting across from me has done to get arrested. In recent months I have had a wealthy client steal a raw salmon by shoving it down his pants. I had a young female client steal a wheelchair from a police officer's grandmother. I had an elderly man who was accused of shoplifting the complete season 5 DVD set of the Golden Girls. I always find myself wondering "what were you thinking?" If you practice criminal law, you have undoubtedly come across your own share of criminals that are a few pages short of a legal brief.
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Apparently, the 21 year old Higgins became enraged after people began criticizing him throughout the night for passing gas. He reached his breaking point. He stormed out of the party and returned 45 minutes later armed with three knives. According to reports, he then began stabbing party goers randomly. Higgins allegedly told police that he did it to show people that they shouldn't make fun of him. According to the Bristol Press, Higgins would plead not guilty to murder and assault charges. He was being held on two million dollars bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 4th.