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Just your daily reminder that when people I represent inadvertently miss a court date—even when as usual, nothing of substance is happening other than me asking for evidence that should have already been turned over—warrants issue for their arrest.
Right now, I’m sitting next to a young man with his arms cuffed behind his back sitting uncomfortably with 2 plain clothes warrant officers watching over him for accidentally missing a court date this past month. About to see a judge. He’s now in danger of being jailed on Rikers.
In front of judgenow. There was reason to be confused. In touch w/ his attorney. Knew court date next week. Lawyer’s colleague asking for him to remain released until date to come back as he planned. Judge wants to hear from his lawyer. Held in cells while attorney heads here.
Attorney is here now. Consulting with his client in the cells through he heavy metal doors attached to the courtroom adorned with “In God We Trust.” Preparing arguments to ask the judge to give the young man a chance to return on his own and not be jailed on Rikers.
Out now. Case recalled. Arms still back cuffed. Court officers on all sides. Ready for the word. If judge says “bail set” he’ll be effectively remanded to Rikers. No ability to pay bail. They’ll take him back in the back, downstairs, put him on a bus, & one way ticket to violence
Brutal: Defense attorney argued forcefully for release. Non-violent felony. Prosecution consented to release at arraignment. Was a mistake. “Please give him benefit of doubt your honor.” Prosecution took “no position.” Judge set bail. $1000 cash. $500 bail bond. On way to Rikers.
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