Sherry Johnston went to court on Friday 13 escorted by a shiny new lawyer, prominent Anchorage defense attorney Rex Butler, and left with a new trial date: May instead of March.
Sherry, one of the grandmothers of baby Tripp (where is Tripp?), pleaded poverty when she last appeared in court, all alone. She also pleaded not guilty to the charge of supplying Oxycontin.
Our Sarah is the other grandmother, as we know...
Sherry said she still owed money on medical bills after receiving treatment for a bad back or a bad hysterectomy or both. Asked by the judge if she had a job, Johnston replied, "No ma'am, I'm disabled." As part of her public-defender request, Johnston provided the judge with a written statement of her financial situation. Now it turns out she won't need a public defender.
OK. The shiny new attorney can be explained away by one of the following three alternatives:
- Selling Oxycontin is very profitable
- Sherry has a generous benefactor
- Rex Butler has a heart of gold and doesn't need the money
Full report from ADN
The title of this post is part of a quote by Keith Richards, of the Rolling Stones: "I've never had a problem with drugs. I've had problems with the police. "