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   The highest criminal judge in Texas has an arrest warrant because he refuses to pay a traffic fine

29 Nov 2012 02:16 PM   |   6066 clicks   |   Dallas News
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Diogenes    [TotalFark]  
This week, Meyers said he declined to pay the fine because doing so would end his case, and therefore his ability to file an appeal based on what he alleges to be mistakes by Clervi.

Isn't it game over once you plead guilty?

29 Nov 2012 01:24 PM
Marcus Aurelius    [TotalFark]  
How else could he be a criminal judge?

29 Nov 2012 01:35 PM
MaudlinMutantMollusk    [TotalFark]  
He must be high

29 Nov 2012 01:48 PM
ChipNASA    [TotalFark]  
Oblig....

DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?!?!?!?!?!?!?

/out

29 Nov 2012 02:19 PM
Fark Reddit or bust     
Politician acts stupid....What else is new?

29 Nov 2012 02:19 PM
cgraves67     
No man is above da law!!11!1

29 Nov 2012 02:20 PM
oldfarthenry    [TotalFark]  
Well - an insanity plea is pretty much airtight with him being a Texan & all..

29 Nov 2012 02:23 PM
Nothing To See Here     
Just say NO.

29 Nov 2012 02:24 PM
ZoeNekros     

Marcus Aurelius: How else could he be a criminal judge?


Not all criminal judges have warrants out for their arrest. Some of them have already been booked.

29 Nov 2012 02:24 PM
DarkSoulNoHope     
FTA: It is unlikely that police will track down and arrest Meyers because law enforcement seldom actively pursues warrants for traffic violations.

Couldn't you, I don't know, arrest him once he shows up at work?

29 Nov 2012 02:25 PM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
Isn't it game over once you plead guilty?

He's saying the judge was mean to him so his guilty plea doesn't count. He spent years dragging out the case doing all the tricks "beat your ticket" guides say to do. The traffic court judge finally said the fine would be over $400 instead of the usual $200. The speeder judge said he felt pressured into paying and now he's going to take his case all the way to the supreme court (which he sits on, but he'll have to recuse himself).  So basically he's like any other whiny defendant. That's not to say he was doing anything wrong when he drove 79 mph on a highway, but he played the game and he lost. In the process he annoyed the judge.

He's lucky. In Georgia annoying a traffic court judge can land you in jail. In Texas it earns you a bigger fine.

29 Nov 2012 02:26 PM
Diogenes    [TotalFark]  
He's got a long way to go to beat Judge Drycleaner Pants.

29 Nov 2012 02:27 PM
PsyLord     
Perhaps he thinks he is working at Mega-City Three...

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29 Nov 2012 02:27 PM
Ego edo infantia cattus     

cgraves67: No man is above da law!!11!1



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The Magna Carta is just a damn piece of paper!

29 Nov 2012 02:27 PM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
Couldn't you, I don't know, arrest him once he shows up at work?

At work like in the garage, but not in his office. There's an ill-defined principle that one should not disrupt judicial proceedings by executing warrants. Not worth testing over an unpaid ticket.

29 Nov 2012 02:28 PM
Diogenes    [TotalFark]  

ZAZ: Isn't it game over once you plead guilty?

He's saying the judge was mean to him so his guilty plea doesn't count. He spent years dragging out the case doing all the tricks "beat your ticket" guides say to do. The traffic court judge finally said the fine would be over $400 instead of the usual $200. The speeder judge said he felt pressured into paying and now he's going to take his case all the way to the supreme court (which he sits on, but he'll have to recuse himself).  So basically he's like any other whiny defendant. That's not to say he was doing anything wrong when he drove 79 mph on a highway, but he played the game and he lost. In the process he annoyed the judge.

He's lucky. In Georgia annoying a traffic court judge can land you in jail. In Texas it earns you a bigger fine.


Ah. So he's a bigger asshole than I'd originally thought.

29 Nov 2012 02:29 PM
Sin_City_Superhero    [TotalFark]  
"If they can show I sped with no particular good reason, then I should be found guilty," he said. "That's what I've been prevented from showing - the reason I had to go a little bit over the speed limit at that particular place and time. If you are breaking the law and you have no acceptable defense to that, then surely that is not acceptable conduct. But that is not what I have right now."

Is this judge saying that it's OK to break the law if you have a good reason?

29 Nov 2012 02:32 PM
Mega Steve     
FTA:"If they can show I sped with no particular good reason, then I should be found guilty," he said. "That's what I've been prevented from showing - the reason I had to go a little bit over the speed limit at that particular place and time. If you are breaking the law and you have no acceptable defense to that, then surely that is not acceptable conduct. But that is not what I have right now."

So what's his defense? He's too important to obey the law?

Meyers also has a second case pending in Austin Municipal Court for an unpaid fine after a city red light camera photographed his car running a stoplight at Interstate 35 and East 11th Street in January 2010. Records show Meyers hasn't paid a $75 fine and $25 late fee for the infraction, a civil matter for which defendants don't face arrest.

Meyers said this week that he didn't remember receiving that ticket but promised to investigate and pay any fine he owes.


Of course he will

29 Nov 2012 02:33 PM
gsmphoto     
They should just get that other moran judge down here to give a beating with his belt, like he did his daughter for downloading music.
Honestly, my state embarrasses me.
- driving like a grandma from now on.

29 Nov 2012 02:33 PM
Smeggy Smurf     
He should be arrested for resisting arrest. Not turning yourself in the moment the warrant is issued is resisting isn't it? Of course it is. That'll be an extra $500 fine and we'll shoot your dog.

29 Nov 2012 02:37 PM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
Is this judge saying that it's OK to break the law if you have a good reason?

In Texas exceeding the speed limit is evidence of a crime but is not illegal per se. You can present evidence that you had a good reason or it wasn't unsafe under the circumstances.  You can even demand a jury trial.

29 Nov 2012 02:37 PM
DarkSoulNoHope     

ZAZ: Couldn't you, I don't know, arrest him once he shows up at work?

At work like in the garage, but not in his office. There's an ill-defined principle that one should not disrupt judicial proceedings by executing warrants. Not worth testing over an unpaid ticket.


I understand that, but I would think Judges should be held to a higher standard since they're the ones who sentence us to fines, community service, and/or prison if we've done bad things. I think judges should own up to their own crimes, especially if they plead guilty.

29 Nov 2012 02:45 PM
Satanic_Hamster     
Any lawyer who comes before him should petition that he be removed from the case based on the fact that he's a wanted criminal.

29 Nov 2012 03:06 PM
aharown     
guy's a hypocritic douche who deserves to be ripped from the bench, have all pensions cancelled, and have every case he's ever sat on reconsidered due to bias.

29 Nov 2012 03:06 PM
Arumat     
So...if he has a good reason for speeding, why has it taken him 4 years to get around to telling it to a judge? Oh, right, he's full of shiat and should either pay his fine or get thrown in jail for contempt of court.

29 Nov 2012 03:07 PM
tj614zu     
Headline sense make some

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29 Nov 2012 03:33 PM
Random Bastage     

Ego edo infantia cattus: cgraves67: No man is above da law!!11!1


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The Magna Carta is just a damn piece of paper!


Why was he NOT in Expendables I and II..... are they saving him for the third??

29 Nov 2012 03:45 PM
JudgeMuttonChops     
Marcus Einfeld approves.

29 Nov 2012 03:53 PM
Philimus     
Geez, this guy is a piece of work. Seriously, I agree with the farker who said that any defendant appearing before this judge ought to get a free pass to have his case transferred to another judge who is not wanted by the law himself.

Also, if this were happening anywhere but Texas, I'd expect the voters to throw the dude out of office for malfeasance and conduct unbecoming a judge. However, since it is the Lone Star state we're talking about, I wouldn't be surprised if he decides to ride the publicity, run for, and get elected governor. Texans love their rebels as long as they are the biggest @sshats around.

29 Nov 2012 03:59 PM
Day_Old_Dutchie     
He's gonna take this to THE HIGHEST COURT in the nation!!!!
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29 Nov 2012 04:11 PM
foxyshadis     

Sin_City_Superhero: "If they can show I sped with no particular good reason, then I should be found guilty," he said. "That's what I've been prevented from showing - the reason I had to go a little bit over the speed limit at that particular place and time. If you are breaking the law and you have no acceptable defense to that, then surely that is not acceptable conduct. But that is not what I have right now."

Is this judge saying that it's OK to break the law if you have a good reason?


In that case, my next good reason defense will be, "They built the cities too far apart and highway engineers haven't updated limits with modern safety advancements." Which is true, road fatalities fall every year without an upgrading of speed limits, which induces people to feel so safe and bored that they text on the road.

It doesn't surprise me that a criminal judge would see right through the kangaroo court that is traffic and call bullshiat on it, but at the same time, he should understand that all of those bullshiat tickets pay his salary and fund his courtroom, and be grateful that it's only this one.

29 Nov 2012 04:23 PM
Ballyman     
He's a well trained lawyer and then judge. I see him just flexing his legal muscles(maybe to show how smart he is?). 4 bills is nothing but chump change for a judge. He's gonna rock it till the wheels fall off though.

29 Nov 2012 04:37 PM
StoPPeRmobile     

gsmphoto: - driving like a grandma from now on.


I've been doing that the last couple of years. Feels like camping in an FPS. Just waiting to get knifed.

29 Nov 2012 04:37 PM
Rex Kramer - Danger Seeker     
Judge not, lest ye be judged.

29 Nov 2012 04:43 PM
StoPPeRmobile     

Random Bastage: Ego edo infantia cattus: cgraves67: No man is above da law!!11!1


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The Magna Carta is just a damn piece of paper!

Why was he NOT in Expendables I and II..... are they saving him for the third??


He was fun at first.

/your kung fu is strong

29 Nov 2012 04:57 PM
WelldeadLink     
highest criminal judge in Texas

Maybe it's time to add drug testing to that job.

29 Nov 2012 05:13 PM
A Shambling Mound     

Philimus: Geez, this guy is a piece of work. Seriously, I agree with the farker who said that any defendant appearing before this judge ought to get a free pass to have his case transferred to another judge who is not wanted by the law himself.

Also, if this were happening anywhere but Texas, I'd expect the voters to throw the dude out of office for malfeasance and conduct unbecoming a judge. However, since it is the Lone Star state we're talking about, I wouldn't be surprised if he decides to ride the publicity, run for, and get elected governor. Texans love their rebels as long as they are the biggest @sshats around.


Look, hate on Texas all you want but if you think this sort of conduct is limited to Texas you're just being willfully ignorant. Also, your idea of what gets Governors elected in this state is apparently based on your time spent watching hell, I dunno, several episodes of Bonanza and a bad acid trip?

29 Nov 2012 05:33 PM
animalmagnet     

Sin_City_Superhero: "If they can show I sped with no particular good reason, then I should be found guilty," he said. "That's what I've been prevented from showing - the reason I had to go a little bit over the speed limit at that particular place and time. If you are breaking the law and you have no acceptable defense to that, then surely that is not acceptable conduct. But that is not what I have right now."

Is this judge saying that it's OK to break the law if you have a good reason?


And the reason is that he's a judge.

29 Nov 2012 05:42 PM
redmid17    [TotalFark]  

DarkSoulNoHope: ZAZ: Couldn't you, I don't know, arrest him once he shows up at work?

At work like in the garage, but not in his office. There's an ill-defined principle that one should not disrupt judicial proceedings by executing warrants. Not worth testing over an unpaid ticket.

I understand that, but I would think Judges should be held to a higher standard since they're the ones who sentence us to fines, community service, and/or prison if we've done bad things. I think judges should own up to their own crimes, especially if they plead guilty.


Only if they do the same thing to cops

29 Nov 2012 05:57 PM
BitwiseShift     
Lots of municipal court judges in Texas don't even have to be lawyers (in Austin they do). Many cases can be tried de novo in a real district court.

It all may boil down to nostalgia since Austin is getting so gridlocked that even reaching the speed limit is a dream most of the time.

29 Nov 2012 06:57 PM
Spaced Lion     
Oh god, I was wondering when this asshole was going to show up on Fark.

My cousin works in the Texas DoJ, and has a new horror story about him almost every time I see her.

29 Nov 2012 08:14 PM
El Dudereno     
I immediately wondered who made Willie Nelson a judge when I read that headline.

29 Nov 2012 08:35 PM
DarkSoulNoHope     

redmid17: Only if they do the same thing to cops


I completely agree with you on this.

29 Nov 2012 09:54 PM
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