A Harvard Law School student has lost his job with the District Attorney’s office and faces criminal charges after an embarrassing encounter with the Boston Police Department. Charles C. Simpkins, a third-year law student has been charged with two counts, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The police alleged that Simpkins was drunk when he came stumbling out of a Boston bar and got into a police cruiser. He then told the officers, “Give me a (expletive) ride, I work for the district attorney’s office.” The police then say that Simpkins said that he would “lie and cheat” if they did not do what he wanted and would destroy their careers.
This was one ride along that ended in criminal charges, though it seems that there may be a bit of overcharging. It is not clear who any of this amounted to resisting arrest, which is a charge that some officers to file far too freely as a way to stack counts against an accused.
He was fired by the District Attorney’s office a few days later.
The incident will put the school in a difficult position. However, I would personally oppose expulsion in such a case. This student was obviously drunk and will have to appear before a bar committee to get his license. There is ample punishment for a stupid act.
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