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Springfield Clown's juggling defense denied

Orlando Melendez - (Springfield Police Department)

Orlando Melendez - (Springfield Police Department)

During a pretrial hearing at a Springfield District Court, a clown was denied the request to show off his juggling skills for jurors at his upcoming trial.

Orlando Melendez, 20, is charged with using a toy gun during an attempted robbery of a convenience store last December.

He pleaded not guilty to two counts of attempting to commit a crime and was held on $5,000 bail.

The defendant wrote his juggling motion in the third person, saying:

"The keystone to his defense is: He's literally a clown."

The judge simply wrote:


Melendez wanted to juggle three wads of paper for 20 seconds to show jurors that he's a "serious clown," and prove that the attempted robbery was just a misunderstanding.

The motion added that the juggling would be:

"Not only the simplest, but the only possible proof that the defendant is a jester."

A jester!

Read more at Mass Live.

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