(funky upbeat music) Harold Wildgoose. Good morning, sir.
Good morning. Mr. Wildgoose, is this your attorney? No, that’s my wife.
Oh, your wife? Yep, 53 years so. Are you trying to tell me that she was driving the car? Yes, she was. Inspector Quinn, how do I know these things? They must tell you before.
No, they don’t tell me anything before. I don’t get it. I’m sorry. Well, have you had a lot of experience in court? Oh, my first time. Mr. Wildgoose, have you had a lot of experience in court? No.
So between the two of you, this is your first time in court? Yes. Alright, now, I’m really talking to everyone here, you probably notice that we have a relaxed atmosphere in court, right, if you haven’t noticed that by now, there’s something wrong with you anyway. But there’s a reason for that, it’s all by design, I know that almost all of you for the most part, this is the only time you’re gonna be in court, for most people, a traffic offense is the only exposure they have to the judicial system. I try to make the court session as non-intimidating as possible, because I realize it can have a terrible effect on you. So let’s assume you were here and a very stern judge came out and said to you, you are charged with going through a red light, I don’t wanna hear any excuses, did you do it or didn’t you do it? And then give you a fine and you leave, you leave and you think the systems of government are terrible, particularly for young people, so that’s a long way of me telling you that we try to make you all comfortable here, we’ll probably give you a big fine, but at least you leave, you know, you’re not intimidated. Alright.
Well, your warm up host helps. Oh, yes.
He warmed up the crowd very well.
Oh, he was lovely, he really was. He went around and talked to everybody and they tried to make everyone feel at ease, he was just really nice. I can’t believe he’s 70 years old though, ooh, I shouldn’t have told anybody. You told everyone how old he is. But he just doesn’t look it, he’s really very lovely.
You know, let me tell you something, first of all, a couple of things, I wanna make an observation, alright, number one, he probably had a good bringing up, don’t you think his mother,
I think so. his mother and father did a good job with him? Yeah, I think so. And secondly, you’re not supposed to flirt with people in the court.
Oh. Particularly with your husband here. Oh, my God, I wasn’t doing that, I’m sorry.
Inspector Quinn, she’s flirting. Oh, my God. And thirdly, I want you to know that that gentleman is my brother. No way, honest to God, is he really? He is my brother. Oh, well, you have a lovely brother. Well, the jury is still out. (court laughing) No, you’re pretty nice too, we meant you also.
Oh, I. (court laughing) Oh, no, I don’t mean it like that, I’m sorry. No, no, no, no, no, no, you are– I’ve just been diminished. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, you were very nice to us one time, when we met you. Well, I’m sure, I’m gonna ask him for a recommendation. Let’s take a look at this is a red light violation on Eddy Street and Dudley Street, let’s take a look at it. (gasping) I hesitated. She don’t like you anymore, Joe. (court laughing)
No, no. No, I was anxious, he had just lost his vision in his right eye, I was anxious.
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Oh. I was really anxious and I realize that I really didn’t do that correctly, I hesitated, I was trying to get him to the doctor’s office, he had just lost his vision in his right eye and I was nervous and so I–
He was in the car? Yeah, he was in the car.
And you were going to a doctor’s?
Yeah. And he had lost vision in his right eye? His right eye and I was anxious about it, so I really didn’t think that I had not stopped, but it looks like I did.
Inspector Quinn? I didn’t stop.
He said it was all clear on the right. (court laughing) Your Honor, also there’s an ambulance behind the vehicle. No, no, I swear to God, but I really did hesitate, doesn’t look like I stopped at all and there is a sign there too and I didn’t see that, but there is a sign that says you have to come to a complete stop, yeah, I can see that, you come to a complete stop and then you make the turn and you most likely have to count three seconds, like 1001, 1002, 1003, I didn’t do any of that. When you finish, let me know. Joe, is she all set, we all done? Okay, Your Honor, Joe said it’s clear. You’re good.
Mr. Wildgoose, she’s already throwing you under the bus, she’s blaming you for everything. Alright, well, I understand I have to pay. Listen, based on the totality of the circumstances as enunciated quite clearly by you and taking into consideration it’s your first violation ever, your first time in court, we’re gonna take all of those factors into consideration and the matter’s gonna be dismissed. Good luck to you. Oh, thank you very much.
Good luck, Mr. Wildgoose. Thank you. Do I pay the court fee though? Do I, oh no, that’s gone too. Thank you very much. (court laughing) It’s always been my nature to try to be funny, especially in tense situations, I find that for the most part, it works, it helps put everyone at ease. But every once in a while, my attempt at humor is as well received as a foul wind in church. So when Mrs. Wildgoose said she was rushing to the hospital, because her husband had lost the vision in his right eye, my immediate reaction was to try to make a joke about it. I didn’t stop.
He said it was all clear on the right. Now there was only one of two ways a joke like that could go, the first, like a doody in the punch bowl, or it could go like this. (court laughing) Thank you, Mr. And Mrs. Wildgoose for getting my sense of humor, now if you could only talk to my wife, Colleen, never mind, she’ll never get it, she doesn’t love me for my humor, she loves me for my body and that’s fine with me. Sharla Hunt, I will take you first. You’re charged with going through a red light on Westminster Street and Manton Avenue, is there anything you wanna tell me about this? Yes, sir, Your Honor, I had just had a very major colorectal surgery right before that and I wasn’t driving anywhere since that day, I had to go to the doctor’s. So I was going through, you can see me right there, but I couldn’t hard brake, because my stitches are, so I couldn’t hard brake, I would have hurt myself. I was having a hard time driving, it was the only time I have driven since the surgery and I didn’t know it was gonna be that hard. So you were driving after surgery? I mean, it was after, but I didn’t know I was gonna be that sore still. Alright, I understand. I have a really good driving record, I’m 41, I’m going down there, ’cause I don’t like to jinx myself. I’m your favorite charm city girl, I haven’t been here in a long time, but please, Your Honor, I’m disabled with a handicapped child, I have no money, I’m on disability, I can barely afford my bills. Alright, you’re broke, you had surgery, you were operating, the stitches would’ve come out, you couldn’t stop, alright, what else? I’m gonna start crying in a minute, so. Me too. (laughing) I left one glove on, ’cause I broke a nail. You broke a nail this morning? Oh, my God. It’s the rent.
I can’t believe, everything happens to you. I know. We’re gonna take a look at the red light, okay. Okay.
Alright, let’s take a look. What’s the time on that?
See, I saw it going yellow and I tried to hurry, because I knew I couldn’t hard brake. What’s the time on that? That’s why.
Let me see it again. I mean, you know I couldn’t stop it, like hard brake.
Let me see that. So again, I saw it was going yellow, I tried to get through, because I didn’t wanna stop on the bum. ‘Cause your stitches would come out? Yeah, and they’ve broken, I’ve had over 10 surgeries in the last five years, every single one of these, this is the only time that the stitches have not broken down, so I have done everything in my power. Oh, I got you, I got you, you know why? Because all the other surgeries, right, you put the brake on and that’s why, with this surgery, you said I’m not putting the brake on, I’m going right through the light. I just, I tried to do everything to make it work. The court administrator has to help me on this one, Mr. Butler, get up here. I don’t think you want my help, I saw the video, Your Honor. Alright, well, it appears that Miss Hunt had surgery and it was a very delicate and painful surgery, Yes.
and she was operating and she don’t have to tell us where she was going, because that’s her personal business, but it appears to me that probably it was somewhere that there was some sense of urgency. It was, my daughter, she has autism and when the school bus comes, if I’m not right there, she gets so upset and I try, I don’t want her to go through that, so I tried to get there fast and honestly, I could not, like I saw the light was going yellow and I couldn’t stop, ’cause I was already in motion and I was worried about breaking the stitches. Now Mr. Butler, you’re a parent, so do you feel any kind of, judgment here today, that would be– I beg you for leniency, sir. I do, Your Honor, but–
She’s pleading with you. I beg you, I literally have a great driving record, you can check my record, I normally would not have, you know. What if there was somebody in that crosswalk? I mean, I was looking, there was no one there and I’d never normally in that area, so I was a little confused that the stop is all the way back here and the light is all the way over there.
Alright. Mr. Butler, she broke her nail this morning, she had surgery, she has a child with autism, it’s your first red light violation. I’ve had 15 surgeries, Your Honor and prior to that, I’d never had a medical condition. I understand, Your Honor, but I would at least, because of the infraction, I would at least ask for court costs. But like I said, sir, I’m on disability and then I just got my food stamps cut, because of a NPP program reimbursed my medical insurance, so now I don’t have to pay $139 for medical insurance, that I couldn’t afford, but I can’t buy food, but I’ll pay the court costs, if you feel as though, that less bread and milk for my child would be sufficed for today, ’cause I have no money. I really don’t think you wanna start debating this. I don’t, but I asked for leniency, because of my financial situation. And leniency would be a $35 court cost, in my opinion, but the judge, that’s why he has ultimate decision. And I ask you, Your Honor, please to have mercy on me, please. He’s already made a decision, I can see it. I know, Mr. Butler in his heart was saying the judge should really dismiss the case, but he understands that there have to be consequences, ’cause he’s a very compassionate, understanding guy. Nevertheless I’m gonna dismiss the matter. Thank you, Your Honor and I will make sure that never happens again, as I’ve been approaching red lights at yellow– Put the glove back on, I can’t stand to look at that broken nail. I know, it’s so like awful. Thank you, Your Honor. That broken nail was getting to me, I can’t see it. I know.
Alright. But the other glove has a hole and the nail pokes through. You’re free to go.
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