Vexed judges say justice foundering

Minor offenders getting a pass, 2 say

Posted: May 25, 2014 at 5:23 a.m.

Little Rock police officer Charles Nellums loads a man into a van at the Little Rock District Court in April after he appeared before Judge Vic Fleming on his 12th charge of driving with no license, among other charges. He was ordered jailed in lieu of a $20,000 bond. By lunchtime that day, the Pulaski County jail had closed to all but the most serious offenders. The prisoner wound up being taken to a jail in Sheridan.

During a recent session of Little Rock District Traffic Court in Judge Vic Fleming's courtroom, Anthony Piggee was scheduled to face his 19th charge of driving without a license and his 12th charge of driving without insurance. He had been released from jail with a citation to appear in court. But he didn't show up.

System caused by jail overcrowding

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