Idiot on the Field Enters Not Guilty Plea, Demands Jury Trial

By D.J. Byrnes on September 30, 2014 at 11:17 am
Mugshot of Anthony Wunder, field invader

We last saw Anthony Wunder invading Ohio Stadium's field and getting dumped by strength coach Anthony Schlegel. (He was subsequently charged with criminal trespassing and immediately sent to the clink until Sunday, when his $79 bail was posted.)

Wunder is a senior mechanical engineering major and an Evans Scholar, a scholarship given to former caddies by the affluent Western Golf Association. As such, he has a bit to lose. (These are not the things you're thinking about when drinking lukewarm alcohol out of plastic bladder nestled up against your crotch.)

Wunder, despite the damning evidence against him, isn't going down without a fight. The 21-year-old was due in court today, but local criminal defense attorney Mark C. Collins, on his client's behalf, entered a 'Not Guilty' plea and a "demand" for a jury trial.

Collins is the same lawyer who represented former tight end Jake Stoneburner and former offensive lineman Jack Mewhort when the duo was pinched in Dublin for urinating in public.

Despite the flagrancy of the violation, criminal trespassing is "only" a fourth-degree misdemeanor publishable by a maximum 30 days in jail. While the retention of Collins all but ensures Wunder won't see another day in jail, the criminal defense lawyer's play is obvious: push the date back and make this case more trouble than it's worth to city prosecutors. 

It'll be interesting to see if county city prosecutors are willing to play ball.

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