Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Stuff you hear in court

"On the Record in Cook County" is a blog that posts comments overheard in the courtrooms in Cook County, Illinois. Here are a few recent entries:


Judge - It would be helpful if the State would read the law, or the defense for that matter.


State (during a bench trial, crossing the defendant) - And then you heard someone yell 'police,' right?

Defendant - Do you want an honest answer to that question?

State - Have you not been giving honest answers so far?


Judge - Why did you plead guilty to a misdemeanor when you knew it would violate your probation?

Defendant - I didn't want to.

Judge - What was the rush? Did you have a lawyer?

Defendant - No.

Judge - Don't say what I think you're going to say. Who did you step up with then?

Defendant - A public defender.

Judge - Yeah, that's what I was afraid you would say.

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