Here's a short summary: The daugher of our state's Supreme Court Chief Justice is caught shoplifting. She is tried in adult court because she's 18yo. She gets 30 days in jail- suspended. The prosecuting attny said the punishment was designed to allow dismissal of the case after a period of time. They had a substitute judge from out of town try the case because ALL the local judges in the jurisdiction recused themselves. Here are my 2 issues: 1) She was pleading guilty- I can't believe that all local judges felt the need to recuse themselves. If they are afraid of retaliation or a "grudge" from our Cheif Justice in the state, what does that say for our state's juducial integrity? They certainly expect all other parents to get over it. And 2) I can see a defense attny pushing for the charge to be dropped at some point- but the prosecuting attny? For someone 18yo, tried as an adult and who was caught red-handed and pleads guilty? (by the way, She didn't need to steal to get clothes and there was no mention of needing mental health treatment.) On the defense side, they said she had done some community service before coming to court.