300 Rule Trumps 150 Rule!!
Now after analyzing the Domestic Violence section, the 150 Rule appears to fit this department as well. Checking Cannizzaro’s web page for the Domestic Violence Division, all it says is Information is Coming Soon. I think the D.A. should find the time to fill in this section.
The real news of this entry concerns the Indigent Defender (ID) department, which has suffered on very hard times recently. This directly relates to the money owed ID by our nefarious Traffic Court. Coincidentally, the Chief Judge over-payed a simple Traffic Court accountant, also his campaign manager for the by $2 million over three years!
This translates into no money flowing to ID during December 2011, January 2012 and now February. The main repercussion of the stopped payments is ID has laid off 27 attorneys to date. This forces the Criminal Court judges to delay trials due to lack of representation.
Meanwhile, the case load for the average Indigent Defender has crept up from the unmanageable 150 to the unspeakably unbelievable 300 per attorney, including capital cases. Now, these attorneys for the poor aren’t even caretakers; they ignore many cases until the day they appear in court! This is equal justice under the eyes of the law?