Municipal Court or The Jerry Springer Show?
Aside from some of the testimony given, there were several things that caught my attention. I think officers should be better prepared when giving testimony. I know people are presumed innocent until proven guilty but I watched one prisioner stand to the side and talk to his mother for at least 45 minutes. Is this normal? There were two other prisoners that were ttken outside for a cigarette break. I guess these are minor issues but the handling of those with inmate gear on seemed a bit laxed. I must say, when the inmates were brought in, most looked like children. As a matter of fact, one inmate was only 17 years old. Maybe it was their youthful appearance or behavior that dictated the treatment they received. It's been a long time since I've attended municipal court and apparently things have changed.
Another moment that caught my attention. There were two brothers accused of burglary. In my mind, I figured the shorter, older brother was the ring leader and he talked his younger, taller brother into committing the crime. While before the judge, the younger brother had his fingers crossed on both hands while the older brother looked like he could care less. When addressing the judge, they were both respectful. After testimony was given, I realized tnere wasn't enough evidence to convict them but the way our justice system is set up. The judge, prosecutor and public defender went into the back room after all testimony was given. Wnen they exited, Judge Anderson started his diatribe before announcing his verdict. He encouraged the young men to use this as a lesson and to read their Bible. Anderson told them to follow the 10 Commandments and they will never find themselves standing before a judge again and then he told them they were released from custodd due to a lack of evidence. I was glad they were given a second chance but the advice the judge gave them was not accurate. You can adhere to all the 10 Commandments, put on sackcloth and ashes and a liar can accuse you of something you didn't do and you'll still end up in court. A corrupt police chief can pervert the interpretation of a law and you can still end up in court. An antiquated law can be enforced and you can end up in court, spend a might in jail and pay a fine. So adhering to the 10 Commandments will not keep you out of court but your relationship with God will ensure your victory. I don't know if a message was sent to other potential lawbreakers that Lumberton is not the place to get arrested. Our court system need some adjustments. Criminals need to know it's not going to be a cake walk.