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New Jersey Man Who Has No Use of His Arms Charged with Gun Possession

A bit of overreach by Trenton, New Jersey prosecutors.

Photo Credit: Booking photo from Mercer County Prosecutor's Office

This seems like a little bit of overreach by Trenton, New Jersey prosecutors. A man who is unable to use his arms after a spinal chord injury has been charged with gun possession:

Defense lawyer Caroline Turner said the case against Hubbard, who injured his spine in a car accident and may have Lou Gehrig's disease, "shocks the conscience."

"How could (he be) held for four months on a gun charge?" Turner said during the bail hearing. "He cannot move his arms. They are useless to him."

Why are prosecutors charging him?

Authorities say Hubbard and three other men were in a car that ran a red light in Trenton and was pulled over. They say inside the car police officers found a stolen handgun in a seatback pocket and a prescription bottle of codeine. All four men were charged after none of them took responsibility for the items.

Other men in the car have been emphatic that Marcus Hubbard definitely did not possess the gun. Prosecutors say it makes no difference:

Prosecutors acknowledged Hubbard has no use of his hands but said he still could be guilty of a crime.
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