Apple juice? How many adult males have you in your entire life seen walking around with a plastic cup full of apple juice? CMON! Lets get real here. He's not a gator anymore, so you can take off those orange colored glasses. I don't know about you, but I've never been to a town where could walk down the streets with a beverage in a plastic cup and NOT be stopped. I don't understand how you are going to seriously question the cops on this one. Noah got busted and he deserved it.
I suppose if he was arrested for possession of a firearm you would say that the cops were in the wrong because he COULD have been carrying a toy gun.
I'm not talking about common sense... I'm talking about the law. I didn't say I thought it was apple juice, or even that it was likely. I'm not defending him at all... my first statement said it was stupid. But, the fact is you can't detain and question someone for walking around with something that APPEARS
to be alcoholic... not anywhere I've ever heard of, anyway. And, you, personally, have been to towns where you could walk down the streets with a beverage in a plastic cup... try virtually every town in Georgia, with the possible exception of Athens, where they've crashed down on drinking big time, and the dry counties. The level of probable cause has to be greater than that. If they smelled the alcohol, that'd be different. Hell, you can drive around in your car with a beverage in a plastic cup; but if you get stopped, and they smell alcohol, that's the cause they need to take the case further. As I said, I don't really know about Gainesville these days, because I haven't lived there in about 7 years; but, I do know that at last year's Homecoming, I'd say there were at least 20,000 people walking around with amber beverages on the street; and I'm pretty sure the kegs they were pumping them out of weren't apple cider barrels from Mott's.:laugh: