And it was worse than I thought 😂🤣
Arraignments. Tried to convince me that every PD pleads everyone guilty @ arraignment (without ever having received discovery) because it’s necessary to “keep things moving”. They could not grasp my refusal, kept trying to explain their “process” to me in a different way.
“They” are the prosecutor, clerk, court reporter, and probation. LOST. THEIR. SHIT. Telling me “the PDO will have to send someone else, you’re not going to work for us.” Yelling, talking shit “behind my back” but in front of my face, huffing and puffing, & pacing.
It was so bad I went to discuss with the judge and explain my refusal to plea people without ever having received & reviewed discovery among other things. ALL OF THEM INSISTED TO BE A PART OF THIS CONVERSATION.
And after explaining to the judge, they all took their turn explaining to the judge WHILE FREAKING OUT- ruining the flow of their docket and going to cause a crazy trial date. The judge: “for 20 years we have always had a PD that is able to follow our rules and process here.”
Judge incredulously looks at me— so you are going to plea everyone not guilty at an arraignment?!
Then made some comment about withholding their court’s funding from PD and he doesn’t know why my boss would send me when I can’t do what this court needs done. Then says “we will need someone else.”

So, I think I was fired today by the ADA and Judge 😂
To clarify— I am not actually fired because they do not have the authority— I do not work for the judge or ADA. The withholding funding comment was meant as a threat to my boss should she not assign someone else to that court. For now, they are stuck with me and I with them.
My comment about being fired was only to mock and poke fun at the preposterous notion that an ADA, Judge, clerk, etc. has any say in my advocacy and their audacity for thinking I would believe they did. Or if they mentioned being replaced enough I could be bullied into it.

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