Judge Offers 1-Day-Only Bargains

Author: Monica Scandlen (mscandlen@tampatrib.com)
Date Published: 09/30/2005

Court Tries To Clear Old Cases

NEW PORT RICHEY – There were no blue lights in the courtroom, but Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone had plenty of deals, deals, deals to offer Thursday.

“This is a special pretrial calendar. Only old cases,” Bulone said at the start of the day. “We’ll be here as long as we have to today to take pleas.”

The judge set aside the morning and part of the afternoon to clear dozens of old cases with “very reasonable offers” from the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office.