It was such a mess that the judge was unable to keep track of who was pleading to what.
The notion that anyone conducted even a cursury examination of the facts behind the arrests is a fairy tale.
Everyone involved in this mockery of justice should be ashamed of themselves and the role they played.
While I was in the courtroom this morning to reset a case, I found a printout that listed, in graphic form, the number of open cases on each of the 15 county misdemeanor courts' dockets:
CC1 950 CC9 903CC2 986 CC10 911CC3 763 CC11 729CC4 830 CC12 786CC5 873 CC13 963CC6 739 CC14 687CC7 741 CC15 775CC8 859
The average number of open cases per court is 835.
Listening to the judges and the court coordinators, you would think the biggest problem at 1201 Franklin are the large dockets they are forced the manage. The judges put pressure on the coordinators to reduce the size of the docket, the coordinators put pressure on defense attorneys to clear their cases. Defense attorneys put pressure on their clients to "resolve" their cases.
The problem, however, isn't the large docket. The "problem" is too many defense attorneys seem to think their job is protect the constitutional rights of their clients and to hold the State of Texas to its burden of proof.
Maybe instead of pushing defendants to plead guilty, the court should ask the prosecutors to review their cases and to dismiss the ones that are weak factually and legally.