Lawyer Passes Out In Neighbor’s Trash Can

June 22nd, 2009 by

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — A southern Indiana lawyer said he’s embarrassed and has apologized for being found asleep headfirst in a neighbor’s trash can after a night of drinking.

Larry Wilder admits he made a mistake, but he was not charged with a crime, Louisville television station WLKY reported.

Wilder said it all started Tuesday night when a client sent a limousine for him to come to Louisville’s Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse.

Wilder said he had about four drinks and his memory ends there, until a Jeffersonville police officer woke him up in his neighbor’s garbage can.

“I don’t know that I was intoxicated that morning,” he said. “All I know is I woke up and got in the house.”

Wilder said he embarrassed himself, his clients and his family, but he questions the ethics of a Jeffersonville police officer who he believes took the embarrassing pictures and then gave them to the local news media.

The photo was submitted anonymously to

“A police officer took those pictures,” said Wilder. “I would like for him to at least be willing to take responsibility for what he chose to do. Because if the goal was to embarrass me, clearly, they did.”

“We’re still investigating that,” said Jeffersonville Police Chief Tim Deeringer. “We don’t know who took it at this point or how it got out.”

Deeringer said if one of his four officers who responded to the call did take the pictures, no law or department policy was broken, but he said it’s still possible disciplinary action may be taken.

Wilder is the attorney for the Jeffersonville City Council, which has called a special closed-door meeting for next Wednesday to discuss Wilder’s actions and job status.

Wilder is also the attorney for the Greater Clark County School System, which is currently in transition with the outgoing superintendent on vacation until new Superintendent Stephen Daeschner takes over July 1.

At this point, it’s unclear if any action may be taken by the school system.

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