Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously observed that “the life of the law has not been logic, but experience.” One adherent to this principle appears to be Paul Baldwin, 48, who was arrested for the 153rd time and told a New Hampshire judge “I don’t need a lawyer – I’ve been in this court more than you have.”
Baldwin’s latest arrest came after he allegedly punched a man in the face. He had only been out of jail for a week (for stealing a can of beer) when he was arrested for the new offense. He is being held at the Rockingham County Jail on charges of simple assault and two counts of criminal trespass. He appeared by video in a surgical mask because of fears that he was contagious due to a respiratory ailment.
Of course, J.D.’s are not normally awarded under a frequent felon program.