Federal Court!

Well, another day, another court case.  This time, I was in federal court (again, for the story ONLY)!  Another first for me!  Like all courtrooms in Indiana, no cameras are allowed, so it was just me, my legal pad and my purple pen that did a bit of doodling.  That's because I had quite a bit of downtime.

If you haven't been to court, and likely most of you (GRANDMA, I'm looking at YOU!), haven't, things can take a while.  I'm sure that comes as no surprise.  For instance, today I showed up for an initial appearance that was set to begin at 11:30am.  I got there a few minutes early and something was already happening.  Turns out, it was the case before that was still going on.  Finally, by 12:15 the case I needed to cover began.  It took 45 minutes to begin and then it only lasted about 20!  Sigh, such is the legal system…

After court and the news conference that followed, I had to do something I don't really enjoy: a taped door knock.  I've written before about knocking on people's doors, trying to get a comment for a story.  Today I had to knock on the door of a man facing a federal indictment for money laundering.  The taped part comes in because to show viewers we attempted to talk to him, a photographer videotaped me knocking on the door.  Nothing exciting happened, though.  A dog barked and no one answered.  Ah well…

I will say that reading indictments and then condensing the information into a few sentences is not my favorite thing in the world to do.  It stresses me out a bit, mainly because I don't want to get any facts wrong or leave out any important words (aka "allegedly"), etc.  We typically don't have a ton of time to sit and digest all the information, so that's a challenge, too!  Thankfully, I think everything worked out ok today. :)

Now that I've finished off my stash of candy peach rings and put a big dent into my Mini Cadberry Eggs, it's time to head to hot yoga class.  I need to burn off some of those empty calories STAT!!!

Until next time,