Posts Tagged ‘Trial’

Man is aquitted of public urination charges when prosecutor can’t produce DNA evidence it was defendant’s urine in puddle

June 25, 2008

PORTSMOUTH — Following a Tuesday trial when he called for DNA evidence from a urine puddle, a Rochester man was found not guilty of a violation-level charge of urinating in public.
Michael Huppe, 56, of 44 Forest Park Drive, was found not guilty by Judge Sawako Gardner, who offered no explanation for the verdict beyond “not guilty.” Her decision was released Wednesday.

Huppe was cited April 2 when police alleged he relieved himself in a parking lot between the Bowl-O-Rama bowling alley and an adjacent movie theater. Officer Aaron Stacy testified he saw Huppe and another man urinating next to a pair of sport utility vehicles and upon closer inspection saw “two fresh puddles of urine flowing” in his direction.

Representing himself at trial, Huppe fired a colorful line of questions at the officer including, “Did you see me take my thing out and urinate?” and “Did you test DNA to see if it was my urine?”
The officer testified he did not test DNA from the urine puddle.

“Swear on a Bible and say it was Mr. Huppe’s urine,” Huppe shouted at the officer during the June 24 trial, when the judge ordered him to “take a deep breath” and promised the verdict would be forthcoming.


Jurors hooked on the gateway game Sudoku cause drug trial to be aborted. “War on Sudoku” expected to enuse.

June 11, 2008

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – An Australian drugs trial lasting more than three months and costing taxpayers over A$1 million ($947,000) has been aborted after a number of jurors were found to have spent up to half the time playing Sudoku puzzles.

Sydney District Court Judge Peter Zahra cancelled the trial of two men on drugs conspiracy charges after the jury foreperson admitted that four to five jurors had been playing the addictive number sequence game, local media reported. The judge was alerted after some of the jurors were observed writing their notes vertically, rather than horizontally. The game involves completing a grid of numbers in the correct sequence.

One juror said the game helped them to pay more attention by keeping their mind busy.

“Some of the evidence is rather drawn out and I find it difficult to maintain my attention the whole time,” the juror was quoted saying by the Australian Associated Press.

A new trial is expected to begin in a few weeks once a new jury has been called.

(Reporting by James Thornhill; Editing by Alex Richardson)