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Phony lawyer routine doesn’t fool judge

Staff Reports

A 21-year-old Oakland, Calif., man, with a Douglas County criminal history, remained at large Friday after he tried to impersonate a lawyer at Tahoe Justice Court.

Jaden Rae Pool eluded arrest Monday when he failed to convince Judge Richard Glasson that he was a lawyer, and left the court during a hearing on criminal charges.

According to reports, Glasson called Pool’s case shortly after 3 p.m. Pool tried to convince the judge he was the lawyer, not the suspect.

According to a video of the proceeding, Pool told the judge he was legal counsel.

“Who are you, sir?” Glasson asked.

“I’m his representative. You can call me counsel,” Pool responded.

Glasson asked Pool if he was a lawyer and a member of the Nevada bar.

“I’m of legal grounds,” Pool said, but admitted he didn’t belong to the bar.

Glasson told him to sit down, and again called for the defendant. Glasson issued a warrant for Pool’s arrest, but by this time he had left the building.

Glasson opened a second case for Pool that contained his mug shot and told the court bailiff “to go get that guy.”

Pool fled on foot when the bailiff attempted to arrest him, and a chase ensued that eventually involved seven Douglas County officers and several South Lake Tahoe Police officers.

Pool was last seen by officers heading toward the Lakeside Inn and Casino. A resident in a nearby neighborhood called in a report of a man matching Pool’s description standing in front of her house on Aynes Court. She said he went over a fence west across from her address.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest on a charge of eluding a police officer.

Pool was in justice on charges stemming from his arrest

March 7 on Tramway Drive, south of the Fox & Hound Lake Tahoe Bar and Grill in Stateline. He was facing allegations of possession of controlled substance for sale, battery on a peace officer, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, obstructing/resisting and failure to obey a traffic control device.

When Pool was 17, he was sentenced to three years in Nevada State Prison after pleading guilty to felony eluding a police officer.

Pool was arrested in September 2010 following a juvenile party in the Pine Nuts. An officer investigating the party said he believed Pool was going to run him over with his vehicle.

The officer was uninjured.

Pool pleaded guilty to felony eluding.

He was certified as an adult by Judge Michael Gibbons and tried in District Court.