We’ve all mocked the Athens-Clarke County justice system over things like scooters and alleys, but things have crossed into a new realm entirely with the news that the obstruction charge against Jordan Love has been upheld by a magistrate.
… Auslander determined that Love “did obstruct Officer [Kevin] Thompson, a law enforcement officer, in the lawful discharge of his official duties by refusing several requests to provide his date of birth and a correct spelling of his middle name” in issuing a warrant.
This kid has been booked, posted bail, retained counsel and now has to deal with the criminal justice system – either a trial or a plea bargain – over his middle name. No… sorry… over the spelling of his middle name.
Forget about the civil libertarian in you being outraged. This is just the cherry on top of the sundae for Mark Richt this week. He already deals with the hot seat canard on the recruiting trail. Then he got hit with the Damon Evans dismissal. And now, this, the best negative recruiting tool ever.
You can hear it now: “Ma’am, one thing I can assure you of is that if little Johnny comes to our town, he won’t be getting arrested because of his name. Coach Richt is a good man, you ask him if that’s the case in Athens.”
And the worst thing about that is Richt has no answer, no defense to it. Unless you think providing a “learning opportunity” for Chief Williamson’s officers is going to carry any weight with little Johnny’s mama.