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Court pleads for help with illegalsYay! Hard workin', crimes committin' illegals, we really are lucky to have them. Yay!
LAWRENCEVILLE - Estimating up to 20 to 25 percent of their cases involve illegal immigrants, Gwinnett judges made a plea to state legislators to address the problem the only way they can - by adding another judge to the bench.
Not only has Gwinnett’s astronomical population growth caused a larger burden on Gwinnett’s judicial system, but the large number of non-English speakers means cases take longer, Superior Court Judge Melodie Snell Conner said in a presentation to lawmakers Thursday.
A 15-minute plea hearing takes twice the time when interpreters are involved, and criminal cases where the victim and the perpetrator speak different languages can make a trial very lengthy, she said.
Prompted by a question from a legislator, she said between 20 to 25 percent of the cases involve illegal immigrants who could face deportation.
But Conner said she once convicted an illegal immigrant of a felony only to have him appear in her court two years later for a probation violation. Other State and Superior Court judges agreed with the percentage. “Every calender I deal with has someone on it that’s illegal,” said Superior Court Judge Tom Davis.
H/T Dusty Inman
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