The stats are pretty bad: The Bronx has almost a thousand felony cases approaching over two years old, as compared to Manhattan which has less then 200.
One interesting part of the article is the reporting on the relatively short work day. Court is supposed to start at 9:30 but doesn't really get going until ten and it's usually 11 before all parties are present. Lunch is supposed to be an hour but usually approaches two, and court starts again at 2 until about 3:30, although court is supposed to stay open until 4:30.
For some reason this sentence caught our eye:
Some judges wander into their crowded courtrooms at 10:15 or later without excuse or apology.
We received this comment on Sunday:
Kathleen Smith Zorn said...
Tomorrow (April 15, 2013) will be ten years, to the day, since Gemma Cosentino passed away. She was one of those rare of people in the criminal justice building in the 1980's who could disagree without being disagreeable (post Vietnam era -- passions ran high and tempers flared hot), and who was equally well liked by men and women.
We want to add this: You could be entranced by Gemma, because with her jet black hair and striking features, she was beautiful. But if that was all you saw, you missed so much. She was smart, and caring, and dedicated and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was taken from us and her family much too soon. We did a post about her five years ago, courtesy of the Captain- here it is.
See you in court.