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Posted: 5/3/2011 4:55:43 AM EDT

The newspapers here suck and you have to have a subscription to read anything now, but here is the best part of the article...




Some people received a surprise Monday when Rogers District Judge Brad Karren gave them a $51 credit for fees and costs.

Why $51?

Karren wanted people to remember May 1, 2011, as the day CIA-led U.S. Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

“Five-one,” Karren said. “May Day. It’s the day the U.S. got a hell of a strike against terrorism.”


http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2011/may/03/judge-waives-51-court-costs-remember-day-bin-laden/
Link Posted: 5/3/2011 5:10:54 AM EDT
So since he was waiving $51 in court costs to everyone he saw that day did he take the hit in his paycheck?  Or is this another case of being charitable with other peoples' money?
Link Posted: 5/3/2011 5:13:40 AM EDT
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So since he was waiving $51 in court costs to everyone he saw that day did he take the hit in his paycheck?  Or is this another case of being charitable with other peoples' money?


From another perspective, if judges were required to "make" a certain amount of money from fees and fines (i.e. quotas), wouldn't it hurt their ability to be impartial?
Link Posted: 5/3/2011 5:20:54 AM EDT
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Quoted:
So since he was waiving $51 in court costs to everyone he saw that day did he take the hit in his paycheck?  Or is this another case of being charitable with other peoples' money?


From another perspective, if judges were required to "make" a certain amount of money from fees and fines (i.e. quotas), wouldn't it hurt their ability to be impartial?


Well then why have court costs as its own line item at all?
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