Well I got out while the sun was still shining. The Court was so accommodating. All the cases in the morning and afternoon except trials were moved to other judges. They do this elsewhere and I don't think I have ever seen it done in Baltimore City before. It allowed me to get started before lunch and finish in the afternoon, not the evening. It also took the cooperation of the State's Attorney's Office to bring in help to handle the other courtrooms. This has been a common practice FOREVER in every county. I can remember judges in the City refusing to take cases from another courtroom because they were from another courtroom. No more! Having been a prosecutor in Baltimore City and practicing there for years, it was really nice to watch this happen. It takes the pressure off the trial judge, who can now focus on the trial and not on the other 18 cases that were moved this morning and the other 15 moved this afternoon.
This was the 5th trial date. Although I know lawyers who add an "appearance" fee for each postponement, I won't do it. It penalizes people who hire a "real" lawyer, and who expect a trial when there are legitimate issue. I like trying cases so I just don't care if I have to come back. I just reschedule my conflicts, and the courts never deny me a postponement because I ask for the postponement as soon as I get a trial notice that is a conflict. They can move the case back a week or sometimes to the same week. You want to screw around with the "system" and try to get postponements at the last minute, the judges are going to make you be in 2 places at the same time; and then the client gets rolled over on a guilty plea because the lawyer has to be elsewhere, or they pray a jury trial when it is totally unnecessary (and I am sure they want to charge more money for that). Judges know who these "scofflaws" are and they don't get any respect during a trial either. Now to the case: