Ohio now in tie with Florida and Texas as" Most fucked up State"  

rm_cockmerollme 45F
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6/22/2006 1:13 am

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Ohio now in tie with Florida and Texas as" Most fucked up State"

Judge Dismisses Child Case After Attorney Late For Court
'Don't Treat Me Like A Punk,' Judge Says

POSTED: 11:29 am EDT June 20, 2006

CLEVELAND -- A Cuyahoga County, Ohio, judge threw out the charge against a man accused of a girl six years ago when the prosecutor in the case was 45 minutes late to trial.

Prosecutors have filed an appeal and said, if necessary, they will refile the charge against Norman Allen Craig, 22, of North Ridgeville, Ohio.

The mother of the now 16-year-old Rocky River girl said her daughter feels victimized by the judge's decision.

Common Pleas Judge Eileen Gallagher dismissed the case when Assistant County Prosecutor Mark Schneider had not shown up by 1:45 p.m. June 12, after she told both sides to be in court at 1 p.m.

Schneider was in his office preparing an appeal seeking to prevent the judge from continuing with the trial.

Earlier in the day, Schneider had asked the judge to remove herself from the case, saying the judge said last year that she thought the accuser had credibility problems.

"Nobody should be rendering opinions from the bench before trial," Schneider said. "A child victim who's being put through the wringer deserves a fair shake at trial."

Gallagher said her decision to throw out the charge had nothing to do with the girl's credibility.

"It was all about the unprofessional actions of a prosecutor," she said. "You don't show up -- too bad. Don't treat me like a punk and not show up in court without giving us the courtesy of notifying us where you are."

County Prosecutor Bill Mason said calls were made to Gallagher's office, and she should have been aware of Schneider's pending arrival before deciding to throw out the case.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed


LET'S GO METS!!!


timberwolf6972 44M

6/22/2006 1:27 am

That judge should be took out and shot. I'm not even kidding. I think that sometimes the only justice that you can get is the kind that you go get for yourself. {=}


rm_cockmerollme 45F
1223 posts
6/22/2006 1:39 am

No kidding.

What the hell is wrong with people?

LET'S GO METS!!!


skyking412004 53M
5363 posts
6/22/2006 2:37 am

_____ Having been a truck driver, I spent my fair share of time in court defending my license. I learned a few things. The prosecutor should not have been drafting his appeal when he should have been in court. He is a professional and knows better than to do that. He was on bad grounds with the judge once he asked her to remove herself for "prejudice". He could have made a motion asking the court to postpone the trial pending his further motion. The judge probably would have refused, but then he would have had grounds for an appeal in the court record. My experiences with judges, is that they tend to believe they have God like power. Trouble is...in their courtroom, they do. They can pretty much do what they want because, even if they are brought up before judicial review board, they are reviewed by their peers. There was an obvious clashing of personalities here. I think the prosecutor would have been better off if he had showed up on time and used his skills as best he could in the courtroom, at the appointed time. Him butting heads with the judge could have let a guilty man walk. Since there was no trial, I think the prosecutor can refile the charges. (That's my limited knowledge on that subject.)


rm_cockmerollme 45F
1223 posts
6/22/2006 4:39 pm

If the guy dosen't bolt town first, you know?

LET'S GO METS!!!


skyking412004 53M
5363 posts
6/25/2006 10:18 am

_____You know, I hadn't thought of the accused fleeing. I guess that is an even more important reason for the prosecutor to be there, and be there on time. How good would it be for you or I to be held on a charge when the guy prosecuting us didn't even find it important enough to show up to court less than forty five minutes late? Please keep in mind that the prosecutor has graduated law school and has passed the bar exam and been licensed by the state. He or she is supposed to be a professional, know what they are doing, AND they get paid to do it. When you or I are sitting in a court room, there is no reason on Gods green earth for us to be sitting there for forty five minutes waiting for that professional to show up. I can understand that the prosecutor had a problem with the judge. I have had problems with judges too. (and I'm not a professional) The prosecutors office could have sent another assistant district attorney to the court to verbally ask for a continuance while the other attorney was writing the "motion". I have won my own speeding ticket cases because the police officer did not find it important enough to be in court. I have also filed "motions to dismiss" for other reasons. Generally, when I've had a case dismissed, the court dismisses it on the prosecutors motion. That way, the "state" saves face. Just once, I would like to have a case dismissed on my "motion". Writing one is not exactly the easiest thing in the world. That was a rant. I don't think very highly of courts or police. Probably because of my negative experience with them as a revenue enhancing device for the "state". Ask any truck driver.


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