Not mundane or pointless to me, but doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else.
So I learned something, or rather had a misconception somewhat wrecked yesterday.
Guestling the Eldest, (but not the brightest) got himself arrested a couple of weeks ago on felony charges. Bail set at $2500, we were advised and so advised him, to stay there and wait for the first hearing, things may change. Yesterday morning he went to the hearing, proceeding happen. The Judge is all ready to reduce bail to $1000 and asks if there is any compelling reason to allow a Release on Recognizance. The Public Defender says, “He has all of his family living in the area, some of them are here today.” Judge asks for a show of hands for the people there for Guestling the Elder. The entire one side of the courtroom raised their hands. Judge leaned back in his chair with a surprised look, asked the prosecutor specifically if she could give a compelling reason for requiring bail. Guestling was released on recognizance.
This from a family that maybe 6 to 10 will show up for a wedding or other joyous occasion out of 50 that get invited.
The misconception, that family attending a court hearing were merely spectators and had no real impact on proceedings or outcomes.