COURT   8 comments

court  This is a small scene from the book I am writing. Now remember this is a novel, it is fiction. So if you remember days like this in court it is a coincidence.  Let me know if you enjoy it.


I had gone to court with Gerry and Denny. Gerry had a gun collar and Denny another burglar. I told them the story of the night’s chase. I think they thought I had been exaggerating until we ran into the Nine-Oh cop.

          There were dozens of cases held over from the night before when we  signed into court at eight. So we completed our Criminal Complaints and went for breakfast at a local diner. The place was crowded with cops awaiting  None of us were worried about our case being called before breakfast. Arraignment Court was scheduled to start at nine but it rarely did. The judge would normally not come out before ten. He would then break for lunch around eleven. His lunch would run till around one or one-thirty. Court would adjourn for the day around four or so. It’s good to be the judge.

When we went for arraignment if it was a quiet night and there were no holdovers from the day before we could get out by two P.M.. There were few quiet nights and rarely no holdovers. We expected we would be there until at least nine or ten that night.

After breakfast we went to the waiting room. There we broke out the lawn chairs we would sleep in. You could always tell the more active cops. We would always show up with our lawn chairs, pillows, alarm clocks and coolers. Those who rarely made collars would end up sitting on the hard backed chairs or sleeping on the floor.

About seven PM we got called and told to get our prisoners to the holding area behind the court room. The three of us got our prisoners to the area, known as the bull pen. We did this without ever going into the public hallways of the court house. There are back stairs and halls that are used only by cops and Court Officers for prisoner movement.

We would have another hour or so to wait in the court room. The Legal Aid Lawyers would be interviewing the perps and deciding what they would plead guilty to. Then they would be brought out, take the plea and be sentenced. That is how it worked Ninety-eight percent of the time. The sentence in most cases would be time served or a fine. First time Armed Robbery with a knife. He would plead to Attempted Petit Larceny and get time served maybe a five hundred dollar fine with time to pay. He of course would never pay and a warrant would be issued.

The third or fourth case called was a dwarf. He was in for a Felony Assault Two he broke a bottle over the head of a man in a bar who asked him for directions to OZ. We were laughing about the case when the judge sentenced him. He had pled guilty to harassment and was given a two hundred dollar fine. Judge Donnelley asked the Defendant if he had the money on him or if he needed time to pay. Before he could answer Denny put his head down and in a loud voice said.

“I’ll need time your honor. I’m a little short today.”

The court room lost it, even the judge was laughing. The dwarf spun around with fists up. He was ready to the kick the ass of whoever said it. That got the whole court room going again. Arraignment court was much more casual and fun than a trial part.

A few cases later a hooker was brought out. She was a platinum blonde black girl. She was wearing a bright purple tube top, gold lame hot pants and high heeled go-go boots. She came out looking like an extra in a porn movie. She pled not guilty and her legal aid lawyer requested a hearing. We all looked at each other. Is he crazy? She looked like a hooker from central casting.

The hearing began. The Arresting Officer testified. It had been a sting and she had agreed to sex with him for ten dollars. The  consensus in the court was that she wasn’t worth half that. Now the defense attorney addressed the court.

“Your Honor, My client thought they were inviting her to a party. When they mentioned the ten dollars she thought that was the price they had paid for the ticket. She would never have gone with them if she knew they planned to take advantage of her. Look at her your honor, an innocent young girl. Does she look like she would ever agree to such an arrangement?”

By now the whole court room is crying we are laughing so hard. The judge wiped the tears from his eyes and pronounced the Defendant Not Guilty. He then told the Defense Attorney.

“You earned that one Mr. Burroughs, now that it’s been done don’t do it again.”

We applauded the Defense Attorney as he walked to the door. The lawyer turned gave a sweeping bow to the courtroom and exited. Judge Donnelley just shook his head.

“Bring out the next act.”


Posted April 1, 2013 by kevingcox in Random Thoughts

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8 responses to “COURT

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  1. I can’t wait until the novel is out. I like what i’ve read so far!

  2. Laughed a lot. Becareful when you print it some politically correct person will want to toi say Little Person!!

    Karen (Lolly Cox) Slusser
  3. Kevin Its great, The only thing wrong is most people will think that you made it all up, when the truth is, you can’t make this sh*t up

    • Frank, of course it is all made up. Do you think I would want to get sued? It’s is all fiction. There is no attempto to potray any actual persons or events. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  4. I really enjoy reading these Kevin and hope you do publish your book.

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