December 14th, 2007 05:13 PM
Common sense breaks out in airport/gun trial
Man acquitted of trying to bring loaded gun onto plane
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December 14, 2007
BRATTLEBORO, Vt.—A retired schoolteacher who tried to bring a loaded gun onto a plane has been cleared by a federal court jury.
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Sheldon I. Hochman of Mount Holly was charged after security screeners at Rutland Southern Vermont State Airport found the pistol along with loose ammunition in a fanny pack in July 2006.
The 62-year-old Hochman was headed to Alaska for his honeymoon when it happened. He says he didn't mean to pack the pistol and that he'd used sleeping pills and alcohol the night before that might have interfered with his memory.
The jury deliberated less than two hours before acquitting Hochman.
His lawyer says prosecutors couldn't show Hochman acted intentionally.
Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/
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December 14th, 2007 06:12 PM
Now if we can just get this in front of the judge that will hear the case of the school teacher who dropped her cell phone and gun, in a gun rug, in the parking lot at a school!!
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December 14th, 2007 06:22 PM
Ah... common sense. You don't hear about that much anymore!
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December 14th, 2007 06:36 PM
I guess if she claims sleeping pills and alcohol...
Originally Posted by abuttermilk
And a jury decided...not a judge. And the school board will decide the job...so, I wouldn't hold your breath.
December 14th, 2007 07:51 PM
I must agree with you there. Regardless of what decisions are made in any legal proceedings, her employment as a teacher in that system (and likely any other system) is probably over.
Originally Posted by bandit383
I'm not saying it should be, I'm simply saying it likely is.
December 15th, 2007 07:34 AM
Common sense is no longer a common trait. Sadly !
December 15th, 2007 09:36 AM
Thanks for posting this.
If only common sense were a bit more common...
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