Total cases handled: 53 files - A few lower. I don't know why. I was definitely busier this past quarter.
Number of pleas taken: 17
Number of cases closed after arrest but before indictment: 3 - Lowest since I started tracking these
Main reason why: Transferred to feds to prosecute.
Number of cases where guns were used: 27
Saddest case: 16 year old steals his grandfather's car, smokes marijuana, evades a police checkpoint, and then leads them on a high speed city chase where he crashes into a van and rolls it over, causing paralysis in the 85 year old driver.
Best reason requested for adjournment: Defendant, who was going to jail, asked for a month long adjournment because he was the sole caretaker of his mother who was having surgery the next day. The judge asked mom, who was in the courtroom, about the surgery. She told the court she had no idea what the defendant was talking about. Adjournment denied.
Youngest defendant: 14 (robbery)
Types of cases handled: gun point robberies, burglaries, car thefts, shootings, stabbings, gun possession, drug possession, attempted murders, murders, vehicular assault
Worst offender(s) of the quarter: Three robbers. Gang members committed a series of gun point robberies in their neighborhood and then threatened and intimidated anyone that called the police on them. This is becoming a common occurrence. People are robbing people they know so they can intimidate them easily.
Sentence for the kid who shot the pregnant teenager: 3 and a half years. It was the minimum sentence. Mom and baby were healthy. The worst part? The 16 year old didn't know she was five months pregnant until she went to the hospital due to the shooting injuries.
And to wrap it up, I heard a defense attorney use the phrase "last but not least" five times today during a summation. At what point does it lose its effectiveness?
Compare it to previous quarters here, here, and here.