Case dismissed, all charges dismissed. Woo-hoo!
The judge dismissed every parking ticket there was in front of me, and I had a feeling he was going to dismiss every other one after me, as well. He began by saying that traffic court - specifically the parking fines division - is the place least desired for judges to be assigned on any given day. He explained some of the problems of city parking (too many cars, not enough spots, too huge of vehicles), then of some of the issues with city parking. He told stories of a homicide cop getting a parking ticket inside a murder investigation, with yellow lines put up and all. He told stories about spearheading a bunch of judges to go discuss matters of parking with city hall, and how they all got parking tickets while there. He told stories of 20,000 old parking tickets put back into the system and immediately put back in the courts, sent to old addresses. When I heard this, I knew this is what happened to mine. He listened to my story for 30 seconds, told a story (he wanted us to spread the word about parking to all our "folks"), and dismissed me. Goodbye, $1092 fine.
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