Tebb's Owner Appears In Court Without Lawyer - Again
When the owner of Tebb's Head Shops was in Jefferson County Supreme Court a month ago, Judge James McClusky ordered him to come back with a lawyer.
But when he appeared in court Thursday morning, John Tebbetts III still didn't have one.
Tebbetts is answering a restraining order filed by the state attorney general that prevents him from selling synthetic drugs.
His Watertown shop was raided in July as part of a federal drug enforcement effort.
Tebbetts told McClusky that he was going to hire a lawyer, but discovered last night he couldn't afford to pay him.
He said he's looking for a lawyer closer to Watertown who might be less expensive.
Assistant Attorney General Deanna Nelson told the court "at this late date, it's disingenuous for Mr. Tebbetts to say he doesn't have an attorney."
Speaking to reporters, she said that even though "we aren't getting resolution as quickly as we'd hoped," the delay isn't a problem.
"Fortunately, we have this temporary restraining order that is keeping the products off the shelves at Tebb's," she said.
Meanwhile, McClusky said he may require a hearing with testimony before making a decision, unless Tebbs and the attorney general's office reach an agreement.
The case was adjourned until October 16.
Friday, May 24, 2013, Watertown, NY
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