Harford County has the reputation of being a tough jurisdiction to try a DUI, especially in the District Court. I have obtained not guilty verdicts in jury trials because I don’t try many of these in the District Court. The last trial in the District Court took 2 days and resulted in a not guilty because of improper charging that only the trial judge and I understood. Two weeks ago, I had a case that I did not think I could lose, no matter who the judge. I sat there a little while and watched most private counsel ask for a jury trial and have their case transferred to the Circuit Court. My trial was not long on testimony, and at the end very short on argument. I contested the HGN because I was concerned the judge would give it more wait than it was entitled to. The case involved a roll-over accident, and possible head injury. I asked the officer if he had seen the Steelers game on tv the previous week. He had and I asked him if he remembered James Harrison of the Steelers being given the HGN on the sideline by the team doctor after he had a collision and struck his head. The State objected, the judge laughed and sustained the objection, but I made my point. With no breath test, no other fields, and an explanation for the accident, the State had nothing. Not guilty and a trip to the Clerk’s office to file an expungement so my client can join the military. The next week, I got a letter from one of the attorney’s who juried out, but stayed to watch my trial congratulating me and telling me how much he liked the football example of the HGN.