DeVine Law lives near the tax-collecting-speed-trap passing for the “city” of Lilburn, Georgia. We are quite familiar with the draconian use of bench warrants by the proliferation of New City-movement entitles that litter a Peach State originally founded as a debtor’s prison and that still often exemplifies the cliche of small-town-jurisprudence that discerns “five felonies for spitting on the sidewalk.
But the Lilburn police destroyed that stereotype after learning of one man’s journey to court.
Liberty is precious. And one man walked eight-hours from an Obamanomics-ravaged downtown Atlanta home to the suburbs to keep his liberty:
Twenty-nine miles is a long way to walk to court, but it’s even longer when you do it on the coldest day in nearly two decades. Lilburn, Ga., police say a man walked from a downtown Atlanta shelter to Lilburn Municipal Court on Tuesday morning for a traffic citation.
The man told Lilburn Police Officer Andy Blimline that he received a ticket for a crash, but his car was totaled, so he started walking to court at 1 a.m. He was afraid a warrant would be issued if he didn’t show up.
Police said they aren’t sure how the man survived the 8-hour journey. Temperatures in Atlanta on Tuesday morning plunged to 6 degrees, the coldest temperature for the city since February 1996.Wind chills made the air feel like 10 degrees below zero.
The man started to walk home following his court appearance, but Blimline stepped in and offered to pay for a cab. The man adamantly refused, a police spokesman said, but Blimline and several other officers chipped in to pay for the $80 ride.
“You could see in the man’s eyes that he was genuinely touched, as I was,” said Lt. Chris Dusik. “I’m truly proud of how Officer Blimline represented the city.”
Thomas reported that the man’s public defender did not show up for the court appearance.
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