April 1985 - But I'll Try To Do Better
From Judge Stephen B. Ables
of Kerrville (216th District Court), this excerpt from an arraignment
held in June 1989. The defendant, who was charged with manufacturing
methamphetamine, asked for an appointed attorney — and Judge Ables began
the "routine" inquiry concerning the indigent status of the defendant.
Q. (By the Court) Mr. Jones, how long have you been in custody?
A. A month and a half.
Q. What did you do before you were incarcerated?
A. I manufactured methamphetamine.
[At this point the district attorney almost incurred a hernia trying to suppress a guffaw.]
Q. You did what?
A. I cooked at McDonald's.
COURT: Thank you Mr. Jones. [Aside to the court reporter] You didn't miss any of that did you?
COURT REPORTER: Absolutely not.