A Disfavored Bench-Bar Dispute Resolution Technique
Judges hate, hate, hate it when criminal defendants do not waive their rights to a speedy trial. Causes all sorts of inconvenience and disruption on a court’s docket. So one judge in Brevard County, Florida decided to take matters into his own hands:
Presented as the exhibit next in order for why there should be cameras in every courtroom at all times. We don’t know precisely what happened in that hallway, nor am I entirely clear why there was applause. But I’m pretty clear that the judicial officer should not have needed to do this in order to control events in his courtroom.
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