- There might be more people wearing flipflops in Courtroom 12 than on any given beach in Minnesota.
- Part of the punishment that goes with having to appear in court is how long they make you sit outside of the Pay Fine Here window until you are called up to pay fine there.
- A majority of the people waiting to pay their fines seemed to be acquainted with other people who were there to pay their fines (as well as the courthouse employees).
- In an anecdotal study (n=2) at least 50% sentences are getting lighter: The man sitting next to me asked the man sitting next to him, "What did you get?" And the other man replied, "90 days; 200. What did you get?" And the first man replied, "60 days; 350. Man, I don't get it; my sentences have been getting lighter."
- If there's any building in Minnesota where people should be allowed to smoke and carry concealed weapons it's a county courthouse.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
I won't do that again
I spent a nonrefundable portion of my afternoon in the Anoka County Courthouse (don't ask) and I made some observations: