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Google Me, B***h: The Real Deal on Courtney King’s Arrest

The blogosphere has been buzzing since we first wrote about Ice Miller attorney Courtney King’s alleged criminal activity. In case you missed our coverage, King was arrested after allegedly uttering, to the police, the words first made famous by rapper Eight Set: “Google me” (sans the “bitch”).

King, whom we recognized with Lawyer of the Day honors, was charged with alcohol intoxication, assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and terroristic threatening. She allegedly stated the following to the police, immediately prior to her arrest:

“You are going to… die. I’m a lawyer. You can Google me. You are dead. I work at a law firm in Indianapolis.”

People have quibbled over King’s attractiveness, but more importantly, they’ve speculated as to whether there was, in fact, any actual violence on King’s part leading up to her arrest. Was King overcharged? Was race a factor in her arrest? Is she on “possible probation” with the firm, or was she fired? All of this, and more, after the jump….

How does a cum laude law school graduate get herself into such a situation? One of our commenters stated that he attended law school with King and “didn’t remember much about her.” Perhaps she’s a reserved girl when not under the influence of alcohol? Someone with academic distinctions like King’s — credentials capable of getting her into Biglaw, during a still-challenging legal job market — is presumably well-behaved as a general matter.

That’s probably the reason why many of our readers believe that King’s arrest was racially motivated. One commenter noted:

My guess, knowing that this happened in Kentucky and that the arrestee is not white: the cops were probably huge jackasses, made extremely inappropriate remarks, and Courtney decided to talk back. Here’s hoping Courtney can one day turn this into a successful § 1983 suit.

While we don’t currently have specific information to suggest there were racial undertones involved in King’s arrest, observers have stated that this was a simple case of overcharging. Many agreed with one commenter’s assessment: “This woman is guilty of bad judgment, and misunderstanding her leverage in dealing with cops, but I bet not much more.” Another commenter stated:

If there was no actual violence here (as in, she didn’t slug one of the cops trying to arrest her), this seems like another case of wild overcharging. We’ve gotten to the point where the criminal law is so broad and vague that stumbling out of a bar and talking back to the cops can get you years in state prison, if the cop feels like screwing you over….

On the other hand, it’s undoubtedly true that people do very stupid things when they’re drunk. See, e.g., Laura Flippin, the DLA Piper partner who allegedly blew a .253 after stumbling around bleeding on the William and Mary campus.

If you recall, one of the early reports on Courtney King’s arrest claimed that when officers tried to restrain King, she allegedly began to fight with them, causing an officer to drop his flashlight. King then allegedly attempted to bust the windows out in the back of the police cruiser after being placed in the car’s back seat. Sorry, girl, that works well in R&B songs, but not in real life.

But right now, these allegations are just that — mere allegations. We do not yet know if there is any truth to them, and King should be treated as innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Keeping that in mind, we reached out to Ice Miller, noting that the Courier-Journal reported that King had not been terminated by the firm, but “may be on probation.” After all, why should she be fired if she hasn’t been found guilty of any crimes? Inquiring minds wanted to know what that phrase meant.

What did the firm have to say about King and her employment status?

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