Attorney Damon Rossi, 38, was arrested last week for a curious crime: giving candy to his client in a Prescott, Arizona courtroom. Rossi had asked if he could give his client the candy and was told no. Seeing that his client was hungry, Rossi gave it to him anyway, asking “what are you going to do, arrest me?” The answer came the next day when he was arrested at his home.
Rossi was clearly out of line given the concerns about contraband. However, this is a matter that could have been handled by the judge in a stern meeting in chambers or through a financial sanction based on contempt. An arrest for a piece of candy is a bit excessive. Candy in the courtroom may be fattening, but it is not felonious.
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