Update: 2nd Case was a simple speeding case from 2002! (State trooper clocked him on radar at 84mph in a 70mph zone.) Apparently, one way to put off paying a fine for a year or more is to request a jury trial. The defendant didn't show up for this one either. Trial started at 2:30. We had reached a verdict and departed the courtroom by 2:40. Seems a waste of our tax money. The Judge apologized for the boring nature of the cases-but thanked us for coming in.
Case this morning was a Public Disorderly Conduct. Defendent didn't show up-but case went on anyway. Only witness to testify was the arresting officer. Defendent found guilty-but not without some discussion.
I have my second case in an hour. Will update this post when I get back.