‘ Looking for something? Was it the cocaine?’

‘ Looking for something? Was it the cocaine?’

Man with drug history faces loitering charge in Judge Thorne’s courtroom


Only a week after a sparse courtroom last Friday, this Friday the West Memphis District Courtroom was full as was the jail. Judge Fred Thorne had his hands full.

Aman with a felony charge of theft by receiving was asked, “Where do you live?” “Earle.”

“Are you working?”

“Not at the moment.”

“Who supports you?”

“My mother.”

His mother was in the courtroom and stood up. “Yes, I do support him.”

“See the public defender.”

Two men in jail were called up together. Both were charged with theft by receiving.

The first man was asked, “Where do you live?”


“Do you work?”


The second man was asked, “Are you employed?”



“West Memphis.”

“How long?”

“One month.”

“How much do you make a week?”

“$350 to $400.”

“Both of you go see the public defender.”

Aman on felony charges of cocaine was asked, “When did I last see you?”

“Last year.”

“Where do you live?”

“West Memphis.”

“Who else was with you when you got arrested?”

“No one.”

“Where do yo work?”


“Who supports you or helps you?”

“No one. I use money I got saved up.”

“See the public defender.”

Another man in jail with felony charges including possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine was asked where he lived.

“West Memphis.”

“Do you work?”

“I was working.”

“When was your last day?” “Five days ago. They said there ain’t no work.”

“See the public defender.”

A man and woman both in jail were called up. They were charged with possession of meth. “Where do you live?”

“Texas. We were going back to Texas. We had been to take care of my grandpa,” said the woman.

“Now you’ve got to make bond to get out of jail. Do you work?”

“I work on the farm,” said the man.

“I get disability,” said the woman.

“Who is taking care of grandpa now?”

“An aunt.”

“See the public defender. I have 25 more people in jail and some of them aren’t going nowhere.”

Aman in jail was supposed to be for review.

“You were supposed to be here for your review but you are back in jail. Did Mid-South come and talk to you?”

“No, sir.”

“He owes $616 in fines. He is sitting out the fines,” said the court attorney.

“You have got to go next week for revocation. Sit down.”

A man in jail with charges of criminal trespass and resisting arrest pled no contest to both charges.

“Where were you?”

“Walmart parking lot.”

“They told you to leave?”

“I couldn’t drive my truck. My onboard computer wouldn’t let me drive or I would be in violation. I had to take a 10-hour break.”

“Why did you go to Walmart?”

“I went there to do some business and I ate at the restaurant in front of Walmart.”

“Why wouldn’t you get out of the truck when the police came?”

“I did get out when they asked me to.”

“$500 plus court costs on the criminal trespass. I’ll dismiss the resisting arrest.” A man charged with loitering pled guilty.

“You were in an abandoned house?”

“I was looking for something. I dropped something.” “Looking for something? Was it the cocaine?”

“No, sir.”

“Where do you live?”

“West Memphis.”

“Do you have a drug problem?”

“Not too bad.”

“You told police you used cocaine. If you get in trouble again it is going to be jail time. Do you live by yourself?”

“No. I live with my mom.” “Jail, let him out Sunday at 7 a.m. in case he wants to go to church.”

The next man in jail was told, “They say you were loitering also. How do you plead?”

“No contest.”

“How old are you?”


“The police said you were hanging out somewhere with some guys trying to break into vehicles.”

“I walked to the store and ran into some friends.”

“Are you out of school?”

“I graduate this year..”

“Well, you are on spring break and when you get back to school your friends will be talking about where all they went on spring break and you can tell them you went to jail. Is your

Judge Fred Thorne mother here?”

“I don’t know.”

His grandfather was in the galley and stood up. “He was hanging out with friends and got in trouble. We have already arranged for him to go to Mid-South and get some help. He is going next Wednesday.”

“30 days suspended. Let him out at noon tomorrow. You are to report back here two weeks from today, April 6th. Do what they tell you to do at Mid-South or you will do 28 days jail. If you get back with these same guys you will take your finals in

jail!” A woman in jail was charged with loitering, disorderly

conduct and failure

to appear.

“Why didn’t you come to court?”

“I was hospitalized.”

“Is your mother here?”

“I am here,” said the mother.

“How old are you?”


“And you have already been in prison? Do you have children?”


“Who takes care of them?” “My mother.”

“You are not a parent! A parent takes care of their children. They see to their well being and feed them and clothe them. You are not a parent. I always say a child or a pet can’t pick their parents. $500 plus court costs on the disorderly. I’ll dismiss the failure to appear and the loitering.”

A man in jail was charged with driving on suspended and no insurance. He pled guilty to both charges.

“Whose car was it?”

“My soon-to-be stepdaughter.”

“This is your third driving on suspended. What will it take for you to get your license


“I don’t know.”

“Have you been to the revenue office to see what it takes?”

“No, sir.”

“$295 plus court costs and three days jail on the driving on suspended. $295 plus court costs on the insurance. I’ll call and make an appointment for you to see the people at the revenue office for you to find out what you need to get your license back. Do you want me to do that?”

“Yes, sir.”

By the Evening Times News Staff