Kinda just need to vent, but also quite curious if this is common.
Psycho roommate (probably read my rants about here last year) has been in trouble with the law. Just some traffic violations, such as OVI (Ohio's version of DUI), driving without a license, leaving the scene, etc. Pretty much all misdemeanors. I ran across these cases looking to see if she had been sued by any other disgruntled, unpaid roommates (morbid curiosity on my part). So, D and I kinda followed them. It was months and months of continuances. I counted six until last month on one of them.
Now, a little back story. Psycho has pancreatitis. Of that I have no doubt. Now, everything I've read about pancreatitis is that it can be controlled by careful diet. Not entirely, but you can function in normal society, hold a job, etc. She doesn't bother to try and control it. Whenever she had a court date she was "too sick" to attend. She would go into the hospital with her issues so she would have an excuse. Right before the case was "Closed" due to "unavailability of defendant" the following entry was made (8/22):
ATTY [redacted] APPEARED BEFORE [Judge] WITHOUT DEF. ATTY INDICATED THAT OUT OF THE LAST 30 DAYS, DEF HAS BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL FOR 28 DAYS. ATTY STATED SHE HAS REQUESTED DOCUMENTATION FROM DEF BUT DEF HAS BEEN UNABLE TO PROVIDE IT BECAUSE SHE HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED. ATTY [redacted] APOLOGIZED AND STATED SHE IS UNSURE HOW TO PROCEED BECAUSE OF DEF'S MEDICAL PROBLEMS. STATE REQUESTED A WARRANT FOR DEF'S ARREST AND REALIZES THAT ATTY [redacted] HAS BEEN PROACTIVE BUT IT APPEARS THAT SOMETIMES DEF GOES TO THE HOSPITAL TO AVOID COURT. PER [Judge], A WARRANT WILL BE ISSUED.
Since the case is now closed, does that mean nothing happens? She is just free to go about her life now? She is free to continue to drive on a suspended license in an uninsured vehicle? Or if the Warrant is ever acted upon, will the case(s) be reopened? I'm genuinely curious how these things work.
As an aside: I'm 99% sure that the in hospital 28/30 day is bullshit.
I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.