Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Quarterly Case Stats - January 2013

Here's the stats for September through December

Total cases handled: 61 files - Higher than last.  Not sure whether that is good or bad.

Number of pleas taken: 21

Number of cases closed after arrest but before indictment: 8

Main reason why:  Insufficient evidence

Number of cases where guns were used:  34 (more than half.  Yikes).

Saddest case: 14 year old who was an accessory in a robbery awaiting transfer to family court when she was shot and paralyzed.   

Best alibi:  Defendant said he was recovering at home from a surgery at the time of the shooting two months prior to his arrest.  How does he remember?  How can he be sure?  Well, he didn't have use of his arm for some time due to his "falling on a machete."  His words.  Doubtful he fell on it.  This isn't the rain forest, it's the inner city.   

Youngest defendant: 14 (robbery)

Types of cases handled: gun point robberies, burglaries, car thefts, shootings, gun possession, drug possession, attempted murders, murders, vehicular assault

Worst offender(s) of the quarter: A group of young lads who spend three days robbing pizza delivery and taxi drivers.  10 that we know of.  Like it's not hard enough to make some money.

Story that makes you hopeful for the future:  Defendant who pleaded guilty to stealing a car with a four year old in it and then dumping the car to burglarize a garage appeared in court again.  This was over a year after he was sentenced to a program to treat his horrible drug addiction.  The defendant graduated from the program, has a full-time job, and is enrolled in school full-time for engineering.  At his graduation, he profusely thanked his attorney and the judge (rare) and even thanked me (rarer still).

Care to compare?  Check out the prior stats here, here, here, and here.