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‘You are always smiling on the jail roster’

‘You are always smiling on the jail roster’

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Judge Thorne has a repeat customer in court

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Felony charges were first on the docket in West Memphis District Court on Monday. Judge Fred Thorne started out with a man who was charged with possession of a firearm.

“Where do you live?”

“Memphis.“Are you employed?”

“No, sir.”

“How are you supporting yourself?”

“I’m going through probation stuff now.”

“Talk to the public defender.”

The next up was a woman charged with theft of rental property.

“Do you work?”

“No, sir, I’m on disability.”

“Talk to the public defender.”

The next person was charged with theft and breaking and entering.

“Where do you live?”

“Proctor.”

“Were you arrested with someone else?”

“Yes.”

“Talk to the public defender.”

A man charged with burglary and possession of firearm by convicted felon was also asked where he lived.

“West Memphis.”

“Do you have a job?”

“Yes, sir.”

“How long have you worked?”

“Two years.”

“How much do you make every week or two weeks?” “I make $1200 to $1400 every two weeks.”

“Who lives with you?”

“I stay at my mom’s house.”

“I’ll set your bond today.”

“The next man was charged with theft and asked where he lived.

“Wilson.”

“Are you employed?”

“I get disability.”

“Go back and talk to the public defender. The prosecutor filed charges on you.” A man with DWI, traffic and felony charges was asked if he had a job.

“I am going to an interview tomorrow.”

“That is what everyone says.”

The next man had possession of firearms by certain persons.

“When did you have a felony?”

“2014.”

“Are you employed?”“I go to school. Barber school.”

“See the public defender.”

The next person had charges of possession of firearms defaced.

“I think that is a class D felony,” said the judge.

“Where do you live?”

“Turrell.”

“Are you employed?”

“Yes.”

“How much do you make a week?”

“$500 to $600 a week.”

“I’m not appointing the public defender today. I’ll set your bond later.”

A woman was charged with aggravated assault on a family member.

“Who was this?”

“I don’t know. It was just me and my boyfriend and our dog.”

“Where is he?”

“He is not here. He is a truck driver and is probably in Texas right now.”

“How long have you been together?”

“Four years.”

“That is good. I was hoping it was 400 miles.”

“I’m not a lot lizard.”

“See the public defender.”

The next man had failed to register as a sex offender.

“Where do you live?”

“Under the overpass at Lehi.”

“Talk to the public defender.”

A man charged with theft of property was asked where he lived.

“Bassett.”

“Why were you here?”

“Me and my buddy gamble at the dog track.”

“Do you work?”

“Yes. One and one half years.”

“How much do you make a week?”

“$500 to $600.”

“Who do you have to support?”

“Me and my wife, I mean girlfriend.”

“Wife would have counted. Girlfriend doesn’t count. You don’t owe your girlfriend anything. I’ll set your bond. No public defender today.”

A man in jail with a DWI charge pled not guilty.

“Your trial will be August 19th. You will have to make bond to get out of jail.”

A man with a public intoxication charge and a disorderly conduct charge pled ‘nolo’ to both charges. “You told the officers you want to go to jail so you could tell Judge Thorne something. What did you want to tell me?”

“Nothing.”

“$500 plus court costs on the disorderly. I’ll dismiss the public intoxication charge.”

The next man also pled ‘nolo’ on his charges of obstruction of justice and an open container of alcohol.

“You told the police you were smarter than them.

What do you want to tell me?”

“I don’t have anything to tell you.”

“$500 plus court costs on the open container and I’ll dismiss the obstruction of justice charge.”

A woman in jail had charges of disorderly conduct. She pled no contest to that charge. To her charge of resisting arrest she pled guilty.

“Do you like to go to jail?” “No.”

“You are always smiling on the jail roster. $500 plus court costs and 15 days jail on the resisting arrest. I’ll merge the disorderly conduct into that charge.”

A man was charged with driving on suspended.

“How do you plead?”

“Guilty.”

“How do you plead to failure to appear?”

“No contest.”

“Why didn’t you come to court?”

“I had the days confused.” “He signed a scheduling order but he left it here,” said the court clerk.

“$295 plus court costs on the driving on suspended and two days jail. $300 plus court costs and two days jail on the failure to appear. That is four days total.”

A man in jail was charged with calling in a false alarm. He pled no contest.

“Why did you call in a false alarm?”

“I ain’t the one who called it in.”

“I’ll change your plea to not guilty and we will have a trial on August 19th. Make bond and you can get out of jail. Be back here for your trial.”

A man’s name in jail was called out but he didn’t come forward. After awhile he did come up.

“Where was he?”

“He was asleep.”

“How do you plead to driving on suspended?”

“Guilty.”

“Failure to appear?”

“No contest.”

“$500 plus court costs and 15 days jail on the driving on suspended. $500 plus court costs on the failure to appear.”

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