Tag Archives: Louisiana

Lady has Drugs in Her, Ahem… Private Area – Claims they Aren’t Hers!

Ashley Roland

After police arrested Ashley Roland, she was searched by a corrections officer at the jail. That officer found a clear plastic bag with a gram of meth allegedly stashed in her vagina, along with more than $6000! Roland denied the drugs were hers! West Monroe, LA police arrested her and charged her anyway. Those charges were added to the pending theft charges that landed her in jail in the first place. A man said she had been at his apartment, but when he was taking a shower, she swiped his cash and left. Police indicate that Roland admitted to stealing the money… the drugs are a different story. It doesn’t say if the vagina money was equal to the stolen money, which would add to her difficult claim that the items in her did not belong to her. I’ve heard of the ole ‘not my pants’ defense… I guess this will be dubbed the ‘not my hoo-ha’ defense.

Addendum: Here’s a ‘not my butt’ defense rom a few months ago: https://twitter.com/crimcourts/status/1116388247507222531

A look at Racial Disparities in Jury Selection

My friend, fellow BU LAW classmate Jenn Rolnick Borchetta, was on MSNBC discussing racial disparities in jury selection. The problem is twofold: 1. There is a concern that discrimination in jury selection will deny people their Sixth Amendment right to a fair trial and, 2. If potential jurors are struck based on their race, they are being denied their constitutional right to serve on a jury. I don’t know what the answer is, but action probably needs to be taken when the NY Times article this week sounds a lot like the one published five years ago.

Here’s the MSNBC story from Newsnation with Tamron Hall (with video).

Attempted Murder Over Barq’s Root Beer

 

Braden Robinson

Braden Robinson

Louisiana man Braden Robinson had filed a bizarre civil claim related to his claim of a stake in the Barq’s Root Beer Company. Not only was Robinson unsuccessful in his multi-million dollar claim, he was ordered to pay $100,00 to the prevailing party. Apparently upset at the decision, Robinson took a man hostage in New Orleans and told the cops to shoot him, until a negotiator talked him down. He was first charged with terroristic threats, then aggravated assault for the incident.

Well, it turns out, that may not have been all he did that day. The victor in court was run down by a pickup truck outside the courthouse. The police initially thought it was just a hit and run, until the victim told them about his history with Robinson. Detectives were able to pull jail calls of Robinson speaking to his wife in code, and later a mechanic reported that Robinson had gotten repairs to his truck similar to the damage from the hit and run case. Robinson has now been charged with attempted murder for the hit and run.

If he could be reached for comment, I’m sure Robinson would say the situation really bites

via NOLA.com: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/03/nopd_after_losing_legal_battle.html