Fred and Sally moved to a small town in the mid west to get away from the big city two years ago, after their kids were grown and on their own. They lived about 90 miles from the city that Fred's corporation was located, but because of the high price of fuel and through the miracle of science he worked out of his home office. He was hooked up to his corporate office by computer with a large screen TV in his home office for video Conferencing.
Getting the VP position in his corporation at 50 he was now 60 and thinking of retiring soon. His wife Sally a woman about 59 years old did not work, but she volunteered at the local women's center and also had a habit of having a few glasses of wine with her friends before returning home to prepare supper for her husband.
Fred was about 5'9" and about 190 Pounds; he exercised to keep in shape. Sally was 5'4" tall, weighing about 110 pounds, thin with small breasts, which she disguised with padded bras, and light brown hair. Sally wanted to have breast augmentation done but her husband said he liked her small breast with large nipples, so she did not have it done. Her best assets were her legs and bottom. She liked to walk to keep in shape.
Sally was a very pleasant person most of the times, but after a few wine coolers she becomes very loud and rude. Her husband did not like her drinking because she always gets very belligerent and he told her this would cause her problems some day. Not listening to her husband she spent many hours with her friends and would ultimately end up at a lounge and as she said only have a few wine coolers.
This particular day she was running late. Driving back to her house at a high rate of speed Sally was stopped by the local town police for going 35 miles an hour over the speed limit. He was a new officer and the nephew of the police chief. The patrolmen could smell alcohol on Sally's breath and politely asked her get out of the car to see if she was stable on her feet. Sally was very rude to the young officer and refused to exit her vehicle to begin with, but when the officer said he would take her into custody for refusing a lawful order she relented and got out of the car while verbally berating him. He had her walk the white line, then while standing with eyes closed, touch her nose with her right and left index finger, she successfully accomplished both, so he did no pursue the DUI charge. He was going to give Sally a warning, but with her attitude he decided to give her a speeding ticket.
The officer handed her the citation and she looked at the $350 cost of the ticket. Sally began to berate the young officers stating that; he needed to have the radar gun check and no way was she going to paid it she was going to fight the ticket. In reply the officer politely told her that it was her right to fight the ticket if she thought it was unfair, and then he went back to the cruiser and drove off, leaving Sally there fuming.
Sally did not pay the ticket but went to court to tell her side of the story. The Judge was the Father of the Police officer that stopped her. The Judge noted that Sally was very rude during her testimony in the courtroom. The Judge said he was going to continue the case and the Court will get back to her by letter for another court appearance to dispose this case. She left the court not knowing if she had won or lost.
Sally forgot all about the ticket and her court appearance, when about 8 weeks later there was a knock on the door. Sally opened it to find the postman with a registered letter for her to sign for. This did not bother her as many letters come registered because Fred works out of the house. She was just ready to bring it into his office when she noticed it was addressed to her and had the Courthouse address on it.
Sally opened the letter and it read: Mrs. Sally Witherspoon you are summons to appear before Judge Barry Simon on June 23, 2009 at 9:45 for a hearing and disposition in the speeding case against you. You will be required to dress as follows for the court appearance. The proper attire for your appearance in court is a dress that buttons down the front or skirt with a shirt that has buttons down the front no panty hose or slacks will be acceptable. Your husband or another person must accompany you to this hearing.
Looking at this summons the first thing she noticed is there was a different Judge and it was odd that they were requiring a specific dress code for her. She showed her husband the summons and he said he would accompany her to the court proceedings.
Twenty-Three days later a nervous Sally was taking a shower still wondering why the specific dress code was required. She dried off and dressed in a skirt that came to her knee, white Blouse with buttons and Flat shoes. Sally had on a plain white bra and panties.
They arrived at City Hall about 10 Minutes before the appointed time. Bringing the Summons to the Court officer she was told to wait, with her husband on the bench that was outside of the court room, he immediately disappeared through the door to his left. It was odd that there was no one else there waiting. The court officer came out, ushered them through a hall, down some stairs to a little used area in basement of the courthouse into a room at the end of a dimly lit hall. The room was smaller than the courtroom that she was in on her first visit, only having seating for about 50 to 60 people, on the entry door there was a sign that read that you had to be 21 years of age to enter the room or be accompanied by an adult. Sally and Fred thought this was odd. Upon entering the courtroom there was a raised platform for the judge and to the side in a mirrored alcove there was equipment covered in a tarp. To their right was a wall full of old books. The couple was told to sit on the bench right in front of the judge. There were cameras all around the room that were operated from a remote location
The gallery started to fill up with men. Sally noticed the young police officer that stopped her and also the police chief and the first judge she had. The Bailiff announced the Judge's Entrance and in came a Judge that was maybe about 70 years old. He looked over the paper that was on his desk.
"Mrs. Sally Witherspoon you have been charged with speeding well over the limit. The Radar gun was checked and it was correct. Then the Judge asked for her husband to come to the bench and handed the certification of the radar gun's accuracy. The Judge continued: "The officer that stopped you stated to me that you were very rude to him. He was going to give you a warning, but due to your attitude you received a speeding ticket. There are many children in the area that you were speeding in and we do not take this lightly. You also have shown your contempt for the Judge at the first hearing. How do you plead?"
"Not Guilty your honor" Stated Sally with the familiar contempt.
"So noted" Said the Judge.
"From this point on we will be in Private session. This preceding will be videotaped for the record. Everyone here will sign this notice that is passed around including the defendant. The notice states that no one will talk about this case after its disposition and the judge's word is final on the case." Said the Judge
All signed the paper including Sally and her husband, but Sally and her husband were mystified why this was done. The doors were locked after everyone signed the paper.
The Judge called the officer to the stand that issued the citation to her. He told his story including that she had been drinking, but was just below the limit of intoxication, so he gave her a break on the DUI citation and was only going to give her a warning until he became aware of the contempt she had for him when he told her she had been drinking and speeding. After the officer was done with his testimony the judge called the first judge to the stand he also gave the judge a similar story of contempt she had for the court. The judge asked Sally what she had to say for herself. She pleaded not guilty to all charges and rudely stated that police should be going after criminals and leave law abiding citizens like her alone.
The judge took her comments into consideration and said he will be back in a while to give his verdict. Ten minutes later the judge called the bailiff into his chambers and a few minutes later the bailiff came out of the judge's chambers. He went to the book shelf and took out a book to bring into the judges chambers. This went on for over an hour with the bailiff being called in and bringing the judge more books. It was over an hour and a half that the Judge took to come back out. Sally was becoming confident that she was going to be acquitted because the Judge spent so long in his chambers. She figured he could not find anything that she could be charged with.
The Bailiff said "All Rise" and the Judge came back out.
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