(theme music) Mark Clemmons. Good morning, sir. Good morning. You have a number of violations here. I’m gonna go through them slowly so we can see what’s going on here. First of all, these violations that I’m talkin’ about go back 16 years ago. Yes, 2001, 2000, 2002. Then you have others that go back, a turn signal violation that goes back 17 years ago. Yep. Then you have a seatbelt violation that goes back 18 years ago. You have a no-license-on-person that goes back 19 years ago. Where have you been for the last 20 years? Well, I’ve been incarcerated from like 2002 to 2017, I mean, not all, you know, for one state. Like, three or four different times, I’ve been in and outta there, so. You have a number of violations, Mr. Clemmons, that go back 20 years, right? Yes, sir. None of these involve moral turpitude, they’re all seat belts, not having your license with you, so the picture I’m getting is that you were incarcerated for a long period of time and now you’re out and you’re trying to get back in the mainstream of life. You’re tryin’ to put your life back together, and it’s all gonna be almost impossible to do that without a driving license. Absolutely. You’re right. So, I suspect that what your saying is, Judge, give me a break. Like, let me get my license back so that I can maybe get a job, so that now I won’t be driving without a license to get myself in more difficulty, and then it’s just gonna be a downward spiral for like somethin’ foolish. I already got a job. I work in Attleboro, at this place called Rust Oleum. I take the train though, everyday, so I’m workin’ already, but I’m just tryin’ to get my license now, you know, so I can buy a car, you know? Well, I think I’m gonna help you. The first thing I’m gonna do is I’m gonna surprise you. I’m gonna dismiss everything here. Oh, I appreciate that. All of these cases go back 17 to 20 years ago, they’re seat belts, they’re no-license-on-person, there’s one stop sign, alright. There’s a bunch of them. Yeah, no I was a reckless driver then, you know? Well, you make a nice impression. The only problem, Mark, was you wouldn’t stop for us back then. Yeah, I know it. (Inspector giggles) That’s why I haven’t seen ya, that’s why I was sayin, I said, you got a lot bigger since the last time I saw ya. Yeah, absolutely. Inspector Quinn, are you familiar with Mark? Yes, we’ve crossed paths many times back in the 80s, early 90s, down in south side. Oh yeah? You think he’s calmed down a little bit? Oh yeah. Yep, got a little bigger, so I mean, he’s a little slower now, I might be able to catch him sooner, but– (Mark giggles)
(Inspector laughs) Well, Inspector Quinn, there’s one thing I’ve learned about you and that is that you’re a good judge of character. I think you’re probably one of the toughest street cops around when you were actually on the street. So you have a pretty good insight into human nature, so how do you feel about Mr. Clemmons? Mark looks good today and I’m glad to hear that he’s got the job and he’s trying to move forward. Thank you. And I’m glad you, Your Honor, had the opportunity here to assist in that. You know? Give him a second chance. Well, I want you to know that both Inspector Quinn and I are rooting for you. I appreciate that.
Right? I really hope that things work out for you, you know. Thank you. Thank you. You can leave. (Mark laughs) These matters are all going to be dismissed. Alright. Thank you, Judge. Good luck. Thank you. I appreciate it. Okay. I was a street cop on the south side of providence for 20 years. Let’s just say, Marcus and I were well acquainted. He was doin’ his job and I was doin’ mine. The fact that our jobs were in direct conflict is what made our interactions memorable. I was happy to see Marcus in Court today getting his life back on track. Everyone deserves a second chance and I was glad to see he was taking advantage of his. I’m also glad I don’t need to chase him anymore. He was damn fast. (laughs lightly) (funk bass riff) John Forrsey . Good morning, sir. Good morning, Your Honor. You’re charged with parking at a meter on Richmond Street that expired. What do you wanna tell me about that? There was no meter. I pulled, I was goin’ to watch child support court. I pulled up there, I see this pole, it doesn’t have a meter on it. I figured I got lucky. No parking today. Free parking. I got out, I went in, I was in there a half-hour, I come out, I got a ticket on my dashboard. How high was the pole that you saw? Like this.
It was one of those that had the head on it? Didn’t have a head on it. Shh. It didn’t have a head on it, Your Honor. If you wanna yell at anybody, yell at him. Oh, I’m sorry. (Inspector laughs) I get excited because there was no head, I couldn’t put no money in it. Where was there to put it? In the pole? (audience laughs) I would have gladly paid a dollar, you know? You’d be glad to pay? Except 24. I can’t afford it. I’m on social security. Yeah, Inspector Quinn, do they have multi-space meters there? They do, Your Honor. Alright. Mr. Forrsey, here’s what happened. What happened? Give me a chance.
Okay. (Inspector laughs) I feel like I’m home. I can’t talk. (everyone laughs) I’m sorry. But here’s the deal, I have to do what’s reasonable, so here’s what’s reasonable, this is an area where they have parking meters. What they do if they take off the parking meter, they leave the pole there, so you look and you say, well, exactly what you thought I would think too, say, well, I got a break here. Yeah, they were fixin’ it, it was broken, or somethin’. That’s a break. What they should have done was they should’ve put something on the pole saying go to the multi-space meter. Right. So, you wanna go on a payment plan? (Judge laughs) Yeah. I’ll have to if $25. Alright, based on that explanation, the matter is dismissed. Thank you, Your Honor. And don’t yell at me anymore. I’m sorry.
Alright. Tell him, don’t come back for another 12 years, alright? Yeah, another 12 years. (funk music) Aldis Fernandez. Good morning. Good morning. You are charged with speeding. Well, the only defense that I have is my son was driving. Oh. The vehicle, it is my car. But he was driving, it was him. Yeah? How old is your son? He’s 18. Well he was on Charles Street in Providence, going by a school zone, and he was doing 39 miles-an-hour (Judge chuckles). I know. He was going fast. He just got his license. It was a Saturday. He was goin’ to get a haircut. (Judge laughs) I know. Jay must have been rolling pretty fast. He wanted to beat everyone else to the barber shop. He didn’t wanna wait. He wanted to get there before it reached shoulder length. (all laugh) Anyway, you have two choices. You can contest it and come back at another trial or pay 50 bucks. I’ll just pay the 50. (Judge laughs) Good luck.
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