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March to be Put-Up or Shut-Up time in the Bexar County Courthouse.

The Bexar County District Courts will be hopping in March, according to this story in today’s San Antonio Express-News. The District Court judges have decided to bring all cases over a year old and set them for plea or trial.  The idea is to clear out old cases (averting speedy trial problems, and getting people out of an overcrowded Bexar County Jail).

Dockets seem to be clogged for a number of reasons (sheer population growth with no added courts, unreasonable plea offers from the Bexar County District Attorney’s office, chief among them).  It remains to be seen if the measures will have the desired effect.  As the story in today’s Express-News seems to imply:  the whole thing could be an exercise in futility if each defendant, some of whom have been waiting in jail for over a year, insists on his day in court.

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