Tables were turned on a lawyer in New London, Connecticut, recently when a bag of marijuana fell from his back pocket during courtroom proceedings. On Tuesday, March 17th, Vincent J. Fazzone was in court on behalf of a client when the incident occurred.
The two ounces of marijuana resulted in Fazzone being issued a citation for possession of less than four ounces of marijuana, and a $150 fine. After a marshal apparently found the bag on the floor, he mentioned to Fazzone that there was a problem. The marshal handled the incident discreetly and Fazzone was allowed to finish a conversation he was having with the judge.
While Fazzone declined to comment on the case, a paralegal from his office, Holly McGregor, spoke up in his defense. When describing the incident, McGregor stated,
“When he got up with his client it fell out of his back pocket. After he was done with the judge, the marshal said when you’re done speaking with your client we need to talk to you.”
McGregor further explained that Fazzone was embarrassed by the incident, and that he does not use marijuana. Rather, he was holding on to the bag on behalf of a client.
McGregor said the client of Fazzone, a mother, found the marijuana among her son’s belongings and showed it Fazzone. She was distraught about her son’s drug use, and turned to Fazzone for advice on how to handle the situation. Since the boy was gone at school, Fazzone took the marijuana with him for safekeeping, and said that he would confront the young man with it later in the day.
McGregor reported that Fazzone forgot all about the bag until he was confronted by the marshal.
It fell out of his back pocket when he stood up in court on behalf of his client.