Mother Joan Hummer to Judge: Meth Lab, What Meth Lab?

Fifty-three year-old mother Joan Hummer was one of four people arrested in a  Tuesday drug raid in Hellertown, Pennsylvania. The suspects allegedly manufactured and sold methamphetamine from a second-floor apartment in which several people, including a 12-year-old boy resided.

Also charged were Hummer’s 30-year-old son, Chad Hummer; Nicholas Reynolds, 26; and Lindsey Zacot, 24. According to reports, “None were arraigned on child endangerment-related charges”.

If ignorance is no excuse for law breaking, the elder Hummer may not have much of a defense. Clearly District Judge David Tidd was not impressed with her response, or perhaps lack of one, when she appeared in his Lower Saucon Township courtroom.

During the arraignment, Joan Hummer, wearing a pair of pajama pants as a shawl around her bare shoulders, required the judge to go over each charge because she said she didn’t understand the offenses.

“What exactly don’t you understand?” Tidd asked her.

“I don’t understand what I’m being charged with,” she said. “Delivering what? I don’t understand. My son wrote in a statement that I don’t know anything and I don’t know anything.”

“You’re going to stay here until you do understand,” Tidd said.

I think that qualifies as an “ouch!”