Hundreds of people who didn’t show up for court dates for misdemeanor tickets in Galveston County have avoided fines in recent years because clerks didn’t file paperwork before the charges were voided by statute of limitations, county officials said this week. And the county is losing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars because of it.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter @johnwferguson.


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David Hardee

These articles about the failure of a bureaucracy to perform always have the cry for more money for more personnel as the solution. Backlogs are created for many different reasons. Let the reporter and his source produce information the public can understand and evaluate. It is a simple process to produce a comprehensive report.

The primary question/answer is always what is the ROI if the change is done. If backlog exists to break it down for the public - ages of the items, 60 days or 2 years or is the defendant dead. The article states the JP's were cut from 8 to 4 as a cause of the backlog and that the statute of limitations causes dismissal of the prosecution. The statue gives 2 years as the limitation window. Does that mean the Commissioners Court were idiots in their decision to cut JP.s?

Note! Most citizens respect their responsibilities and follow the procedures. It is only reasonable to expect that well paid public servants meet their responsibilities and perform. There are chronic turbulence and constant crying for more from our bureaucratic officials. Many of these career public officials have spent too long at the public-funded tax trough.

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