Friday, October 29, 2010

D&D Jailbird Blues Part Eighteen: Happy Endings

This is it. The last Jail Comic. I hope you all enjoyed this story as much as I enjoyed telling it! Fair warning: I'll be collecting these comics, along with sketches, drawings and other journal-style comics into a little book which will be available right here. More news on that very soon. And now, without further loquacity from me, the final installment.



(It's rather long so I've put it after the jump. Just click the image, or below to see.)






So my pre-trial was an interesting experience. Several friends really did come out to support me. I got there early and the party started late, so we spent about an hour watching the underprivileged get the raw end of the justice system. We also saw a well-to-do lad with a family lawyer slip out of a DUI charge. (friends who were there, correct me if I'm wrong on that one?).

My own "trial" lasted about 30 seconds, as a pile of evidence more or less decided everything ahead of time. I did have a lawyer, but afterward I sure wished I had listened to my instincts and gone Pro Bono pro se.

Maybe next time.

We ended up having to hunt down my drivers license from the arresting officer who had taken it on the night of the arrest and who, I don't know, kept it as a souvenir? (we did have some wacky times). The people at the court told us we would find him at the jail. So we went to the jail and a female officer opened the door a crack and asked what we wanted ("we" being me and Anna and the kids and a bunch of happy friends). We said we wanted to see Officer So-and-So. The lady said "oh he's not here. He's at the courthouse." We told her that the people at the courthouse told us Officer So-and-So was here and that he had my license. She went back to "check" and came back with my license!

Was he back in his office? Did he not want to see me again? Was he afraid he or I would cry because of the memories we shared? I don't know. I'm afraid I'll never know...

The afternoon did end with hamburgers at Spelunkers which was a fitting end to the day somehow.

13 comments:

Mary MacArthur said...

All I can say is

YAY!!!!!

A very satisfying ending to a great story. ^_^

Ben Hatke said...

Thanks Mary. Sorry I edited the post with a bit of explanation.

Thanks for reading!

Daniel Nichols said...

What you say about observing the injustice of the System is true. I have several times been in jail and in court, about half of the time for noble reasons (prolife stuff, hitchhiking) and about half for other crimes (untagged dog, traffic tickets, and one teeny other thing). Boy it is true; sitting watching hapless folks getting shuffled through the court is pretty depressing, especially when they have such lame alibis. I have talked my way out of several tickets and fines, and it is always the same. The judge looks at you like he is thinking "Oh no, another one." And then when I start explaining and presenting actual evidence you see it gradually dawn on him that you have a pretty good case...

Anyway, thanks for this highly entertaining chronicle of your one man crime wave!

Colin Mason said...

Good stuff, Ben! Glad it had a happy ending.

Domsavio said...

Wow... That was a really fun comic Ben. I hope I have friends that show up with food and beer after I've just gotten out of jail. Did you get to try any of the prison food?

Anonymous said...

Pro se = representing yourself. Pro bono = lawyer working for free. :)

Ben Hatke said...

Con Sharnit!

Listen to an entire TAL episode about Pro se and still make the mistake. Thanks A.

--Ben

Mom said...

Our condolences go out to the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia, who had been looking forward to a summer of extraordinarily beautiful license plates.

Anonymous said...

Love the main page. Will it always be like this?

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Great Finale! and... and... I want to go to Spelunkers!!!

Ben Hatke said...

Spelunkers is really great. ...man, it's almost midnight and now I want to go to spelunkers.

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Anonymous said...

The sun never sets on the British Empire.