New England judge denies accused man's request to juggle during trial
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts judge has denied a man's request to juggle during his trial to show jurors he was just clowning around when he allegedly tried to rob a convenience store.
The Republican reports that a Springfield judge on Thursday rejected Orlando Melendez's motion to juggle for jurors at his upcoming trial.
Melendez has pleaded not guilty to charges he used a toy gun to try to rob a convenience store in December.
The 20-year-old Melendez, who is representing himself, wrote in a motion that he is "literally a clown." He asked to juggle three wads of paper for 20 seconds to show jurors that he's a serious clown and the alleged attempted robbery was a misunderstanding.
Jury selection is set to begin on June 8.