October's winner for best defense I had never heard before:
Yeah, I had crack in my pocket. And a crack pipe. But those were my brother's pants.
Eh. I guess we could argue "unknowing" possession. But I feel like maybe there would be some presumption that he should check the pockets of the pants he was wearing for crack. (Kind of like if you're driving a car, it's assumed you checked all of the compartments.) And, I feel like it'd be one thing if it was a tiny bag of crack... but a pipe too? You'd have to feel that.
So, no, I wasn't buying it.
Also, I feel like it'd be tough to sell this defense considering this client had been convicted of drug possession five times in the past year alone.
Although, maybe that could be the defense. "Your honor, had my client known he had crack and a pipe in his pocket, surely he would have smoked it. But, instead, he didn't know... because those were his brother's pants."
Nah, I didn't think so either.
(See the September champ here.)