It’s in your court

by Judge Stephen Halsey Frequently, we see surveys in the news about the various professions and occupations and how the public views them.  A 2010 Gallup poll rated nurses, military officers, and pharmacists 71-81 percent high or very high for honesty and ethics, while members of Congress, business executives, and lawyers rated only 9-17 percent high […]

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by Judge Stephen Halsey The famous poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost ends with “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” When it comes to criminal court, many offenders could be said to take the path often traveled, the path […]

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by Judge Steve Halsey The Department of Corrections, the state agency which is responsible for prison administration and the supervision of felons on probation, and which makes sentencing recommendations to judges, has considered and implemented alternatives to incarceration over many years. Those in prison for a definite term serve 2/3 of the sentence in prison […]

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By Judge Greg Galler One of the most important parts of a court proceeding involves someone who almost never says a word: the court reporter. Court reporters are professional employees of the court system who preserve a verbatim record of court proceedings.  The word “verbatim” means, “word for word, letter for letter, line for line, […]

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by Judge Greg Galler How do you come to conclusions and make decisions in your life? Do you typically tend to wait and carefully weigh all of the information before reaching a conclusion? Or do you more often jump to a conclusion based on how you emotionally respond to the information you first hear? The […]

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by Judge Steve Halsey You may be wondering what these three things have to do with the court.  If you are of a certain vintage, you recall the frequent bar fights on 1960s classic TV programs, such as “Bonanza” and “Gunsmoke.”  A “cocktail” of alcohol, testosterone, and romance frequently still results in bar fights.  Just […]

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