Defendant's duck not allowed in courtroom

Published On: Apr 11 2013 05:42:14 PM HST   Updated On: Apr 11 2013 06:08:44 PM HST
Honolulu Circuit Court

Officials are reminding the public that animals aren't allowed into courthouses after Honolulu security screeners had to turn away a defendant's pet duck.

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Toni Schwartz says Michael Hubbard reluctantly revealed to screeners that his pet was inside his bag when they noticed something was moving inside.

Schwartz says there was also another contraband item inside the bag: a bottle of beer.

Screeners told Hubbard that the duck and beer wouldn't be able to go with him into Circuit Court for his appointment Monday.  Hubbard left and then returned to ask the screeners to look after his belongings.  He went inside, while his pet waited outside.


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