Friday, June 19, 2009

Jeffersonville Council Lawyer Found In Trash Can

Wow, this isn't the story a lawyer wants to read about himself in the paper. After a night of celebrating, Jeffersonville City Council lawyer Larry Wilder wound up passed out in his neighbor's trash can. A special meeting of the council has been called to discuss Wilder's future as the council's lawyer. Wilder, apologizing for his behavior, explained to the Courier-Journal how he wound up in the garbage can:

In an interview Thursday, Wilder acknowledged he went out Tuesday night with a group of friends to celebrate after one of them passed a real-estate licensing exam, and that he had been drinking. After dinner in Louisville, he said, the group went to Fourth Street Live.

"I was not driving," Wilder said. "It's a private matter, made public because I am a public person."

Wilder said he was driven home in a client's limousine. He declined to identify the client. He also said he remembered little of what happened after leaving Louisville.
Embry said he heard and then saw a group of people who were noisy in the street in front of his house about 5 a.m. Wednesday.

He said he called to them to ask if they needed help, and then saw a limousine drive away. He said he didn't find Wilder until two hours later.

According to the police report, four officers responded to the call received just before 7 a.m. and found the contents of the trash can scattered with Wilder inside.

A photo taken at the scene shows a man head-first in the can.Deeringer said the photo apparently was taken by one of the officers with the officer's personal cell phone, and that he is attempting to find out which one. While that doesn't violate department policy because it was taken in a public location, the chief said, he would prefer his officers not take private pictures of police activities, and plans to discuss the matter with the officer.
No public intoxication charge?
The story notes that Jeffersonville paid Wilder more than $107,000 last year for his contract work for the city council. Lousiville's WAVE has more on the story and the photos taken of Wilder by a police officer here.

13 comments:

Downtown Indy said...

Dang, somebody threw away a perfectly good lawyer.

Ed said...

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Paul K. Ogden said...

In 1979, I started at Hanover College. (I transferred the next year to Ball State.) Larry Wilder was in the Freshman class with me along with Woody Harrelson. If Wilder is who I think he is, I remember having the impression he was a major a-hole.

artfuggins said...

He probably had sobered up enough to pass a breathalyzer by then...It would have been hard to charge him.

Advance Indiana said...

I doubt that. The news account indicates he wasn't dropped off by the limousine until 5:00 a.m.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Plus, they can charge you with public intox simply based on the cops statement you appeared intoxicated in a public place.

Advance Indiana said...

Or his own statements to the media, Paul.

artfuggins said...

I guess I just learned something. You are telling me that all a police officer has to do is say you appear intoxicated and you can be arrested for that.....

Paul K. Ogden said...

Art, actually I think that is the case. Pretty much you can always be nailed for P.I. and it's you're word versus the cops.

Advance Indiana said...

Paul, People are trying to figure out what happened to your blog. Can you share?

Downtown Indy said...

Paul's blogspot.com link isn't redirecting. I've noticed it comes and goes. Steadily gone now, so use the direct link:

Ogden on Politics

Paul K. Ogden said...

DI is correct. Both OOP with and without the blogspot were out. Now it appears the one with blogspot in the address is consistently not working. So if you set up your link for OOP with blogspot in the address it won't work. But if you edit out the blogspot it will work.

I haven't got the slightest idea how to fix the problem. Who do I contact????? I don't think blogger publishes a phone number.

Downtown Indy said...

They seem to be having continuing problems - that they are 'aware of' and 'working on'.

http://knownissues.blogspot.com/