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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Scottsboro City Council, Regular Session July 27, 2015 - Thoughts on Our Municipal Court Administration, as Witnessed

Scottsboro City Hall (photo by G. Morgan)

Last Monday, July 20, 2015 there were no agenda items for the city council work session.

July 27, 2015 AGENDA
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Before the Video presentation I want to redirect you attention  to the city council meeting video and this posting made on July 16, 2015 concerning Alabama Municipal Courts Corruption.   http://arklite.blogspot.com/2015/07/alabama-justice-and-corruption.html  Today I witnessed a disturbing fact at Scottsboro's municipal court administration office. I personally took a defendant to the administrative office of the municipal court to pay COURT COSTS, not a fine or not a fee for an improper municipal court probation administered by Judicial Correction Services. The Scottsboro Court Administrative Office refused to take payment in full for COURT COSTS. The defendent was told they could not accept the money that they must go to JCS, Judicial Correction Services. The refusal to accept court cost was bad enough, Has JCS closed, there is no sign on the building? The former office appeared dark. Why should a person go to pay court costs, not a fine, to a dark unmarked office location to a service in which will charge a defendant an improper probation fee for which the municipal court in Scottsboro, Alabama refused to accept payment. The defendant in this particular case was not allowed to enter a plea in their case but was taken into a back room and told by an unidentified person that they could pay the court costs and the charges would be dropped. Well, , they attempted to pay the court the cost today with me as a witness but that was not good enough for the court's magistrate or clerks, it seemed JCS had to get their take as well. I Witnessed this action and commented to the court officials today that the JCS contract had been cancelled, and besides that JCS charging defendants probation fees was improper and is stated as such in a pending law suit before the Federal District Court. 


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