OXFORD, Mississippi — An A+ for effort, but this student still failed.
A University of North Carolina student doing work on his dissertation at Ole Miss went the extra mile to argue out of speeding ticket, pleading sadness for being forced to be away for the Tar Heels’ dramatic NCAA win and even including a picture of crying Michael Jordan.
“I need your mercy,” the chastened student pleaded in a written submission to the court.
Being a University town affords you some interesting court cases. This was the defendant’s reason for going 52 in a 40. Still found guilty. pic.twitter.com/L90ClaaqJg
— Oxford Police Dept (@OxfordPolice) April 12, 2017
Police in Oxford, Mississippi said it was no dice in the end, and the student was found guilty of going 52-miles-per-hour in 40-mile-per-hour zone.
Additionally the student, who explained they were a PhD student visiting town on a “dissertation study,” included a detailed diagram and formula arguing that the excessive speed could be blamed on the fact that the car was going down hill and was not result of stepping on the gas.
The written submission signed off with the now infamous meme of a tearful Michael Jordan, after a lengthy explanation of why the court should show mercy.
“As a Tar Heels fan, I missed the important moment of celebrating the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball championship at Chapel Hill,” because the speeder was in Mississippi to study, the missive stated.
“Being a university town affords you some interesting court cases.This was the defendant’s reason for going 52 in a 40. Still found guilty,” the Oxford Police Department posted on its Twitter feed.
An Ole Miss physics professor later Tweeted a corrected version of the student’s formula explaining the fundamentals of acceleration.
“This article is being returned for revisions,” the professor wrote.