I was disappointed to see both men give a soft-sell to what was happening with the building. Emmett notes that he's sure that sometimes the capacity of the building goes over 350 people? Dude, I'm totally voting for you in November, but seriously, "sometimes"????
But Emmett's quotes are nothing compared to Assistant Fire Marshal who called the problems at the CJC that they've addressed to be "minor", and notes that the reason there hasn't been follow up at the building since 2008 and was because nobody called in to complain.
What? Let's analyze that for a moment.
1. Is he seriously stating that the Fire Marshal only responds to inspect public buildings if there has been a complaint, and never for any other reason? So, basically, it isn't their fault, it's been the community's fault for not complaining?
2. Is he really trying to say with a straight face that there actually hasn't been a complaint since 2008.
Kind of reminds me of the old phrase about pissing on someone's head and telling them it's raining.
At least Judge Emmett has some ideas in mind, but he's looking at the one that will be the most inconvenient while saving county money. I'm not sure how I feel about the ideas of staggered dockets. I suppose it wouldn't be so bad if they did all felony in the morning and all misdemeanor in the afternoon (or vice versa).
But if you have to start keeping track of different random courts with different random hours, I think you are going to have some chaos going on for Judges, Attorneys, and Defendants.
Either way, a major thanks goes out to Christine Haas for keeping on this story and hopefully changing that damn building for the better!
The best part of the clip is the Fire Marshal acknowledging that the CJC is actually a "Man Trap".
If that doesn't give you an idea of how dangerous the building is, I don't know what will.