“ Here’s what ‘ yeah’ will get you…”
Respect is a two- way street in Judge Thorne’s courtroom
There were seven felonies and 24 misdeamors in West Memphis District Court on Monday.
“I’m the only one here that can win the attitude contest,” said Judge Fred Thorne. “How many minors do we have in the courtroom today?”
A few people raised their hands.
“Squeeze your parent’s hand. They love you, I don’t.”
A man in jail with a felony charge was asked, “How do you make it without a job?” “My brother helps me out.”
“I might put a $100,000 bond on you and he won’t have to support your for a while,” said Judge Thorne.
A man in jail was charged with loitering. He pled no contest.
“Why were you at the Dollar Tree asking people for money? Where do you live?”
“Why did you come across the river?”
“I was trying to get some money to get back.”
Do you get disability?”
“Then you can walk back to Memphis after your five days jail time.”
A man in jail was asked if he had anyone here for him.
His father stood up. “I give him his meds and he spits them out.”
“Jail, he has to go to mental health.”
Judge Thorne was interrupted by a screaming woman at the jail.
“Sit down, sir. Bring her up.”
The sound at the jail was temporarily shut off. The woman was cursing and talking irrationally.
“Turn the sound back on, jail, I’ve heard it all before.
Why are you acting so crazy?”
“You need to stop f—ing with me!”
“Take her out and get her evaluated.”
The woman continued to make lewd comments.
“I love you too, ma’am.
Come back up, sir. Do you see what happens to you when you don’t take your meds?”
“If you get in trouble again, you are going to jail.
Father, you can pick him up
Judge Fred Thorne at 1:30 at the jail.”
A man in jail charged with fleeing, public intoxication and disorderly conduct pled guilty to all charges.
“When are you going to quit causing trouble?”
“When I get out this time.” “Does anyone want you put your dollars on that happening?”
“You want to put your dollar on that?” the man asked the judge.
“No, I’m going to put some time on it. Do you have a job?”
“Yes. I work.”
“Why did you run from the police?”
“I was scared.”
“They are probably scared of you.”
“Yeah. They should be.”
“Here’s what ‘yeah’ will get you — 30 days and $500 plus court costs on the fleeing. 30 days and $500 plus court costs on the public intoxication and 30 days plus $500 plus court costs on the disorderly conduct.
This is to run consecutive.”
A man in jail was charged with 3rd degree assault and pled no contest.
“You were knocking on the door and pushed yourself
“That was my place.”
“That is not how the report says it. Call the complainant and see if she can be here. Here’s a choice for you. $350 and 30 days suspended right now or if you are found guilty at trial it will be $500 and 30 days jail.”
“You can call her. It was my apartment.”
A man charged with public intoxication pled guilty.
“What are you doing with your life? I see you often.
Why were you drinking in public?”
“I have a tendency of walking.”
“$350 and three days jail.
You have had many previous public intoxication charges. Change that to 10 days jail.”
A woman in jail was charged with domestic battery and did not want to sign a wavier.
“Will you sign the wavier?”
“Set bond at $35,000. That is what stubbornness will cause you.”
A woman in jail was asked by Judge Thorne, “How are you doing today?”
“Not so well,” sobbed the lady.
“Where do you live?”
“Points of Light.”
“Did they kick you out?”
“How did you end up at the Methodist Church?”
“I went there to see the pastor and when I came out they arrested me for drunkenness. I wasn’t drunk.”
“Jail, if Points of Light will take her back, let her go. Is there a reason you wouldn’t want to go back there?”
“Yes, sir, they are trying to put me in a nursing home.
Is my daughter there?”
“No. Jail, see if you can get hold of her daughter.”
The next man in jail was called up.
“Do you have a walking disease?”
“How do you plead to public intoxication?”
“Why were you out at 4:40 a.m. knocking on doors and windows. Don’t you know you could get shot?”
“Yes, sir. Here you can sure get shot.”
“$400 plus court costs.”
A young man’s name was called in the courtroom.
“How do you plead to careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and bogus tags?”
“You’ve been in my court before. Momma is this the child you can’t control?”
“I can control him.”
“No you can’t. He has been in front of me before.
Come and get your trial date. Stop right there. Turn around and look at the people in jail. You will probably be one of them soon.
You have some attitude I see. Mother is he in school?”
“Yes, he is a senior.”
“Is he on the football team?”
“The starting line-up?” “Yes.”
“When you come back here for your trial, don’t plan on playing football. I will call your coach and have a talk with him. Your attitude may have cost you the game.”
By the Evening Times News Staff