48th District Court clamps down on costs

48th District Court clamps down on costs

There are 51 comments on the Hometown Life story from Nov 25, 2007, titled 48th District Court clamps down on costs. In it, Hometown Life reports that:

“We are diligent about keeping expenses down and reducing expenditures wherever possible”

A tight fiscal policy and a diligent program to collect delinquent court-ordered fines and fees have helped keep the 48th District Court budget in check to the extent that its budget increase request for 2008 ... via Hometown Life

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Scared sheep no more

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#1 Feb 19, 2008
control women judges and the Hitler like police force torment homeowners with regular police 'raids' and invasion of constitutional rights. Mostly to get your money to keep up their socialist life style.

There have been 5 home raids by the Bloomfield Township police in my neighborhood in the last 1.5 years. They target teenage parties, use weak excuses to invade, break the laws after entering (Look up Spencer vs Bay City), put your kids under strict probation, make them take random breath tests for a year, make them pick up trash on weekends and pay for the privilege, attend therapy 'you are a drunk' meetings on the other side of town, take away their drivers licenses.....This is only the start. Eventually your teen is likely to end up in Oakland County jail because the traps they lay are nearly impossible for an 18 year old to navigate around.

The breathalyzer machine at the police department probably makes them $600/day in mandatory, court ordered breath tests.

The police department uses your tax dollars to hire local attorneys to coach them on how to ease around your constitutional rights, dish out home search warrants on the weakest grounds and crush your kids, family budget and sanity. All while doing Gods work for the radical group> mothers against drunk driving.

What I saw in a year of working through the system is that it is a big social program giving out easy jobs, great benefits, plenty of vacation and all the 'stuff' you don't get in the real world. Nobody I met could water the flowers at my place of business.

Don't believe me, go to court someday and watch them put teenagers in jail for under age drinking.

Fact from the Detroit news: In 1980 one in 20 Michigan government employees worked in the corrections department, today it is one in three.

Question: Why don't they raid the houses in Pontiac? They don't have money like the 'rich' guys and they do have a lot more guns.

Unbelievable, become active and fight back legally.
Jimmy

Birmingham, MI

#2 Mar 8, 2008
The D48 court has some of the meanest and most incompetent people I have ever come across. The two older guards that work the metal detector machines need to be bitch slapped. They are so rude and flippant. And the Judges in particular Judge Small are worse yet. It would appear to me that Small's number one goal is humiliate people. Sometimes she probes people under oath so severely that it borders on cruelty. I once saw her chide a young women into to admitting she was sexually abused as a child, mind you the women was facing a DUI. The helpless women was an absolute basket case sobbing uncontrollably. It was one of the most heinous things I've ever witnessed. D48 is an evil place hell bent on ruining lives and collecting fees. The only salvation at this point is knowing that the Fed's are investigating.
Kay F

Belleville, MI

#3 Mar 8, 2008
What you are doing is paying for the lawsuit where the 48th Court Clerk Horton got millions after the three judges Judge Small, Judge Barron and Judge D'Agostino lied under oath in a federal lawsuit. Then Circuit Court employee Sharon Law got sued in another lawsuit against the same Courthouse and lost that as well.
When you have bad employees and and really bad judges getting the Courthouse sued right and then left - someone has to pick up the tab.
Court watcher

Detroit, MI

#4 Mar 31, 2008
"Justice - Oakland County style" is neither just nor fair, bit instead js eminently self-serving. Many judges are heavy-handed bullies. As one of the accompanying blogs states, they do not treat their fellow employees any better which is why the suits against Bloomfield Township involving this Court have cost all of the taxpayers $$$. I have heard that the outfit that conducts the mandatory drug screens is owned by attorneys and that one or more judges may have some ownership interest.
Scared sheep no more wrote:
control women judges and the Hitler like police force torment homeowners with regular police 'raids' and invasion of constitutional rights. Mostly to get your money to keep up their socialist life style.
There have been 5 home raids by the Bloomfield Township police in my neighborhood in the last 1.5 years. They target teenage parties, use weak excuses to invade, break the laws after entering (Look up Spencer vs Bay City), put your kids under strict probation, make them take random breath tests for a year, make them pick up trash on weekends and pay for the privilege, attend therapy 'you are a drunk' meetings on the other side of town, take away their drivers licenses.....This is only the start. Eventually your teen is likely to end up in Oakland County jail because the traps they lay are nearly impossible for an 18 year old to navigate around.
The breathalyzer machine at the police department probably makes them $600/day in mandatory, court ordered breath tests.
The police department uses your tax dollars to hire local attorneys to coach them on how to ease around your constitutional rights, dish out home search warrants on the weakest grounds and crush your kids, family budget and sanity. All while doing Gods work for the radical group> mothers against drunk driving.
What I saw in a year of working through the system is that it is a big social program giving out easy jobs, great benefits, plenty of vacation and all the 'stuff' you don't get in the real world. Nobody I met could water the flowers at my place of business.
Don't believe me, go to court someday and watch them put teenagers in jail for under age drinking.
Fact from the Detroit news: In 1980 one in 20 Michigan government employees worked in the corrections department, today it is one in three.
Question: Why don't they raid the houses in Pontiac? They don't have money like the 'rich' guys and they do have a lot more guns.
Unbelievable, become active and fight back legally.
Brandon

Olympia, WA

#5 May 18, 2008
Wow! I agree with "scared sheep no more" post 110%. In 2001 I was placed on probation for my one and only criminal offense, Minor in Possession of Alcohol (I was 18 at the time). Young and naive to the court system I thought I would show up and pay a fine, concluding that the services of a lawyer would be unnecessary for such a petty offense. Well big mistake! My sentence included a $220 fine, 30 Hrs community service, a MADD class, an alcohol awareness class, random drug testing, and a weekend of doing work for the county (which included me paying them $30 for the priveledge of picking up trash on the weekend). Well when I showed up in the dead of summer wearing shorts for the weekend program, I was told they were unacceptable and I would not be allowed to do any work. Immediately I received a probation violation notice and had to go before Judge D'agostini. I plead guilty to the violation and she finds me in contempt of court and sentences me to do 20 days in OCJ, one of the worst experiences in my life, saying I need to go see the lives of real addicts, as if I'm a drug user and different then the other 90% of my high school. As if jail was worse enough, I find out that I now must pay $60 a day for each day I spend in Oakland Jail (the jail in hindsight was not that bad considering I was at the minimum camp with minor crime offenders that the 48th seems to keep sending them). I am now an Army Officer and was barely able to get my commission due to this whole fiasco. Judge D'agostini is one evil and cruel lady who has a superiority complex. All the public sees is the tough on crime stance of this judge and re-elects her to another six years, not witnessing her daily meglomaniacal actions. I loved growing up in Bloomfield Hills but have no desire to return after going through this horrendous ordeal.
Mosaic

West Bloomfield, MI

#6 May 21, 2008
Bears well for me... sadly I too am under the scrutiny of the Keego Harbor Police. For no more than refusing to not lay down,and accept the frivilous ticket of parking on my front lawn. Thought it went away, but the harassment has resurfaced,and today May 21, 2008 at 1:30pm I will be at the infamous 48th District Court for a PPO hearing against a Keego Harbor Police Sgt.
Wish me well, fill the galley, show your support for 2 who will not be sheep.
pissed off

Monroe, MI

#7 Jan 3, 2009
judge kimbery small is one mean bit... she treat aturneys like shit will not let you have one word in when she ask you your defence etc she is one out of control judge she wants to rule on her one law what a bit........ she is
MARY A Hodges

Harrisburg, OH

#8 Jan 22, 2009
Scared sheep no more wrote:
control women judges and the Hitler like police force torment homeowners with regular police 'raids' and invasion of constitutional rights. Mostly to get your money to keep up their socialist life style.
There have been 5 home raids by the Bloomfield Township police in my neighborhood in the last 1.5 years. They target teenage parties, use weak excuses to invade, break the laws after entering (Look up Spencer vs Bay City), put your kids under strict probation, make them take random breath tests for a year, make them pick up trash on weekends and pay for the privilege, attend therapy 'you are a drunk' meetings on the other side of town, take away their drivers licenses.....This is only the start. Eventually your teen is likely to end up in Oakland County jail because the traps they lay are nearly impossible for an 18 year old to navigate around.
The breathalyzer machine at the police department probably makes them $600/day in mandatory, court ordered breath tests.
The police department uses your tax dollars to hire local attorneys to coach them on how to ease around your constitutional rights, dish out home search warrants on the weakest grounds and crush your kids, family budget and sanity. All while doing Gods work for the radical group> mothers against drunk driving.
What I saw in a year of working through the system is that it is a big social program giving out easy jobs, great benefits, plenty of vacation and all the 'stuff' you don't get in the real world. Nobody I met could water the flowers at my place of business.
Don't believe me, go to court someday and watch them put teenagers in jail for under age drinking.
Fact from the Detroit news: In 1980 one in 20 Michigan government employees worked in the corrections department, today it is one in three.
Question: Why don't they raid the houses in Pontiac? They don't have money like the 'rich' guys and they do have a lot more guns.
Unbelievable, become active and fight back legally.
I agree 100%! Under D'Agostini, she called me a drunk, made me do probation and chained to my APt. for 3 months. All because I was helping dear friend wi severe problem. Exhausted from no sleep in 2 days, I left for home. Stopped by Bloomfield Twp.Police. Put me in jail for night. Did Blood test for drugs and alcohol. Their tests and tests i had taken by my DR. both came back...NO alcohol,no illegal drugs, Prescribed medication I had with me, my Doctor from Birmingham wrote a letter saying,"I had been on all medications for 3 years and never have had a problem. That it was indeed safe for me to drive taking my prescribed meds. Yet I am on disability social security, lost my home, car, do not drink, never had a driving ticket in over 17 years. Never had an accident. All this and D'Agostini makes me pay already over 1200.00. NOW, I have to go to court again Jan.28,08 and either pay $1410.00 amount still owing. or go to jail. This person is mentally ill. She gets pleasure from deeply hurting innocent people. If you dress very nice, are beautiful, well beware...She has all but destroyed me as a person! I could not afford an attorney, still can't. I believe if there is justice, Judge D'Agostini should be disbarred!!! Many Attorneys have told me, they would be the first to put as much money down as it took to get rid of the evil,sick, old bat. I have to face her again, if she should attempt to put me in jail or make me pay 1 more dime, I have top Oakland County Judges and Farmington Hills Judges standing by to bounce on her, take her judgeship away from her as she has only hindered every single person that went before her. I feel sorry for Judge D'Agustini, to hate everyone that much, she must really hate herself. I believe a long jail term might help her, it might even humble her. Well, that's kinda a long shot. She is a living hell...
Concerned Patriot

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#9 Jan 23, 2009
Why is Judge Small and Judge Barron allowed to remain on the 48Dist bench? A wrongfull discharge suit cost the city $$$ 3,000,000 yes MILLION.
Clerk Horton was fired for allegedly spreading rumors about Judge Marc Barron's wife Lori Barron drunk driving arrest. Did Lori Baron serve a full probationary sentence like the rest of you or given preferred treatment for being a 48th judges wife??
3 Million Verdict - Credibility of Oakland Courts/Judges damaged?
Detroit News
December 14, 2006
Laura Berman
Court clerk's $3M verdict raises questions
T he case of a lowly court clerk who won a $3 million federal court verdict didn't end Tuesday, when the jury came back.
Hardly.
In Oakland County judges' chambers and lawyers' offices, the verdict is reverberating, in ways you might imagine -- and some you couldn't. It began as a garden-variety wrongful discharge suit -- a personnel matter, a humdrum case that the 48th district court's lawyers wanted to settle for less than $100,000. Chief Judge Kim Small testified that clerk Michelle Horton had misused a confidential computer system and accepted improper gifts from lawyers, and that Small didn't need a reason to fire the at-will employee.
But ultimately, the verdict, when it came after two weeks of testimony, served as a people's indictment of the Bloomfield Township court and its culture.Now, taxpayers in Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield and three other communities worry about insurance rates and the payout.
Jury sends message
Judges in Oakland County Circuit Court and other districts wonder whether their own credibility has been damaged, and worry that difficult personnel decisions will become $3 million fiascoes.And lawyers who play a flamboyant game of passing out little favors -- tickets to football games, say, or party invitations at Christmas time -- to court personnel are privately asking each other whether they need to shut down the fun.
Those seven women and one man on the jury opted to believe Horton, the court's 2004 employee of the year, rather than the court's three judges -- Small, Marc Barron and Diane D'Agostini -- each of whom testified in the case. In essence, the jurors trusted the clerk more than the officials who wear the robes.
Decision may haunt judges
The size of the verdict is a measure of the jurors' rebuke, and it carries repercussions. Their award sends a message that's hard to miss: "There's a fair amount of sting to a $3 million verdict," says Patrick Barone, the Birmingham lawyer who hired Horton after she was fired and praises her as a "great employee." Neil Rockind -- a Farmington Hills lawyer who was accused by Small of unethical behavior on the witness stand -- has filed a motion asking that all three judges recuse themselves from his cases. Barone may take similar action, out of concerns about his decision to employ Horton.
Rockind, who has represented Geoffrey Fieger and describes himself as "a flamboyant guy," paid for Horton's Chicago hotel room -- a bit of largesse he later described in an interview as "spontaneous." The court's judges could not -- and certainly did not -- anticipate that its own high-handed conduct would become the central issue: Horton may have been fired for the appearance of impropriety.
But the defense evidence was thin when set beside what jurors saw in federal court: that then-chief judge Small fired Horton without benefit of due process -- because, for political reasons, she had suddenly become expendable.
You can reach Laura Berman at lberman@detnews.com.
Web-posted Dec 15, 2006
By STEPHEN FRYE
Of The Oakland Press
While everyone else in Oakland County's legal community is wondering what's up at the 48th District Court in Bloomfield Township, the court's leaders have nothing to say.
loosey goosy

Waterford, MI

#10 Apr 16, 2009
the 48d has been nothing but nice and kind to me and went out of their way to fix my problem. i found the clerks very competent and sympathetic. you guys are just dumb and ignorant of the system which is why you got your dumb asses in trouble in the first place!
Maxxsir

Lansing, MI

#11 Apr 16, 2009
Scared sheep no more wrote:
control women judges and the Hitler like police force torment homeowners with regular police 'raids' and invasion of constitutional rights. Mostly to get your money to keep up their socialist life style.
There have been 5 home raids by the Bloomfield Township police in my neighborhood in the last 1.5 years. They target teenage parties, use weak excuses to invade, break the laws after entering (Look up Spencer vs Bay City), put your kids under strict probation, make them take random breath tests for a year, make them pick up trash on weekends and pay for the privilege, attend therapy 'you are a drunk' meetings on the other side of town, take away their drivers licenses.....This is only the start. Eventually your teen is likely to end up in Oakland County jail because the traps they lay are nearly impossible for an 18 year old to navigate around.
The breathalyzer machine at the police department probably makes them $600/day in mandatory, court ordered breath tests.
The police department uses your tax dollars to hire local attorneys to coach them on how to ease around your constitutional rights, dish out home search warrants on the weakest grounds and crush your kids, family budget and sanity. All while doing Gods work for the radical group> mothers against drunk driving.
What I saw in a year of working through the system is that it is a big social program giving out easy jobs, great benefits, plenty of vacation and all the 'stuff' you don't get in the real world. Nobody I met could water the flowers at my place of business.
Don't believe me, go to court someday and watch them put teenagers in jail for under age drinking.
Fact from the Detroit news: In 1980 one in 20 Michigan government employees worked in the corrections department, today it is one in three.
Question: Why don't they raid the houses in Pontiac? They don't have money like the 'rich' guys and they do have a lot more guns.
Unbelievable, become active and fight back legally.
You need to put up a blog... I am fighting back and its all public record. FOIA is a bitch for the cops, courts and those that would od you harm.
http://royaloak911.com/
Curmudgeon

AOL

#12 Apr 17, 2009
D'Agostini is tough, but that's OK b/c we didnt' elect her to pat people on the back - I've seen her in the court room and she's not the pushover for offenders with attorney's that most judges are- most judges give the break to the attorney so he/she can be a hero to the client and charge more in fees. No question with Judge D.. you do the crime and you WILL do the time.. tuff on offenders, but from what I've seen I believe fair.
Barron will probably make an OK judge, but he is still "in training"... they usually swing to the right and then to the left, then make their way to the middle ground somewhere... won't ever be a Supreme Court J, but we need DC judges too.
Kim Small is another story.. I have to believe that if the State Court Administrator's Office ever sat in her court room, or looked at the way she and her staff at her bequest, handle files and those poor folks that come before her, that she may the one to go to jail. We hire legislators to make new laws and don't need the equivilent of a legal nitwit making new laws and new court rules daily in her court. She's cutsie wootsie flipping her hair in the court room and does her little drug talks at the schools where she expouses about her mistakes and drug use as a teenager... but if you've seen her in the court room, you may ask yourself if it all ended in her teens. Next time around (which unfortunately for all of us is a few years yet) Lady Kimberly must go. Don't know where she'd find a job, but not in our court for sure. She must rake in the donations from some attorneys b/c there seems to be a pattern if you ever watch her on the bench... if she knows the attorney, you better hope he's yours because she'll start making new laws and court rules 'till you won't know what hit you. And to make matters worse, she's a classic case of a lawyer who could not make a living if her life depended on it.. so she ran for judge, a little "name recognition", and in she slid. Bad lawyers make bad judges. My favorite was when one of the channels was doing a story on a judge who they said was going shopping, etc. during the court day and they would expose her during the 6 p.m. news- I was certain it was going to be Kimberly Small b/c you seem to see her everywhere but the 48th court house during the business day. Classic case of our tax dollars at waste.
elmer troupe

Belmont, MI

#13 Apr 2, 2010
i need yours services rasfering my friend of court case to your office some of your residence are running a scam wihjt the fried of court in detroit and if you dont do nothing about it can youdirect me to the person that will do something about it...

my attorney is jhon payton naacp legal defence fund...

ASA THE PRESIDENT OF NAACP

I REQUEST THE YOU TRASFER MY ACCOUNT TO YOUR OFF AND I NEED TO HIRE ALL THREE OF YOUR JUDGES

Diane D'Agostini
Marc Barron
Kimberly Small

FOR WHAT FEE YOU ARE CHARGING...,

I LEAVE FOR SOON I EXPECT AN ANSWER AND I AM NOT COMMING BACK.. TO AMERICA FOR EVER..
Unaware bystander

Santa Clara, CA

#14 May 27, 2010
My little brother has spent the past 30 days in the OCJ. He turned himself in after violating a probation period by incurring 3 tickets.. MIP, disturbing the peace, and open house party. He arrived to the court not even 30 mins late on his court date and was not allowed to see a judge. Considering all he had was misdemeanors he decided to turn himself in the following day knowing there would be warrents issues for his arrest. He was give 30 days for his violation. When they went to release him when his time was served, 3 warrents popped up. He had missed court while in the OCJ. How is this possible?aren't they supposed to bring you there? Now he stands in front of judge d'agostini and she is acting like he is the worse criminal in the world. They are trying to give him more jail time and beforre moving to Michigan he had never been in trouble. I don't understand why he is being punished to harshly when he is not a criminal. He is 20 and his roomates had the party... Not him. She is keeping him in jail for what I have read is non jailable offenses. I have hired an attorney to help him but I fear the damage may already be done. My brother is no criminal and now thanks to the great 48th district court may come out thinking like one or having no faith in what the system is really in place for. Its not fair minors are being treated so harshly and overcrowding the jails leaving no room for the real criminals.
Bystander

United States

#16 Aug 23, 2010
You people are just cynical about the fact that the system and its rules apply to you because you all messed up. I know all 3 judges, they are fair, respectable, and professional in the court room. They abide by the law, and enforce it on those who don't. Get over it and stop hating on people who are building up our society. We didn't elect them to tuck us in at night, they're elected to set the rules in stone, if you don't like it, abide by the rules and there won't be a problem.
Regular Kid

Rochester, MI

#17 Aug 24, 2010
Bystander wrote:
You people are just cynical about the fact that the system and its rules apply to you because you all messed up. I know all 3 judges, they are fair, respectable, and professional in the court room. They abide by the law, and enforce it on those who don't. Get over it and stop hating on people who are building up our society. We didn't elect them to tuck us in at night, they're elected to set the rules in stone, if you don't like it, abide by the rules and there won't be a problem.
Well they are obviously doing something wrong if they brought a 3 million dollar lawsuit against themselves. What those three do isnt justice. Besides when they are handling serious cases like DUIs and worse, their jobs are jokes and they throw out year long probation sentences like they are candy to kids who are just normal kids, doing things that normal kids do.
Jillian

Flushing, NY

#18 Oct 24, 2010
I am 19 years old and was charged with retail fraud for stealing a 12 dollar pair of sunglasses. I had to pay a 1200 fine, 8 WWAM sessions, therapy 2 times a week, and one CASA meeting 2 times a week. I violated 2 times both by being 5 mins or less to WWAM. I then get a charge upnorth and was innocent of the charge and it ended up getting dropped. Judge D augwhatever did not believe me when I told her I was innocent of the charge. She mocked me in court. She sent me to jail for 45 days for obtaining new charges. So technically, I was in jail for no reason. I was sexually assaulted and was beaten in jail. This piece of..... Ruined my life. I was mentally stable and in school when she sent me. Now I won't leave my room. I hope you are reading this you nasty, ugly, sad excuse for a human.
Billy Bob

Bloomfield Hills, MI

#19 Oct 28, 2010
I have heard so many stories about Judge D'Agostini, I can't wait to vote her off the bench.
She has anger aggression issues, contempt for attractive women who are before her for any issue, she does not rule fairly, she makes assumptsions and flawed judgements based on those. She is mean to young offenders and treats them as criminals like the MIP citations (give me a break...I'm sure she was drinking at 17-20) They need a stern warning & more parental involvement..not a unfair sentence. Spousal issues...she is not kind to the wife, or the children's lives she damages by her flawed judgements & sentences. She has got to go.
Curmudgeon

Belleville, MI

#20 Oct 28, 2010
Billy Bob - So what was your beef about? Your's all over the board- hearing stories aka hearsay.. is a lousy reason to vote or not vote for anyone. I supose if you want to "judge" a judge, you should sit in their court room and base your ideas on your own thought. Experience tells me that people who get caught and punished for it... hate the judge (instead of themselves for being stupid and making the wrong choices in the first place) and people that are found innocent or get an ounce of compasion from the court... love the judge and think that particular judge is the best thing since Oliver Wendel Holmes. You can't have it both ways in this world and paricularly in court. If you vote based on stories, you must be enjoying the heck out of the current political campaigns b/c almost every ad tells some sort of untrue story about someone running for office. If I hadn't read your first statement about "stories", I would think you're speaking about Judge Small...
Bystander

Detroit, MI

#21 Oct 29, 2010
First of all, that $3 mill verdict doesn't mean a thing. Media says they lied under oath but there's no proof, its all hearsay. Second, excuses don't fly. If you steal and get caught, you have no one to blame but yourself. Don't persecute a Judge for doing her job, and doing it well. What do you think she should do? Tell you not to do it again and send you on your way? If you steal $12 glasses, its only a build up of a habit that can cause more damage in the future; she sees this every day and she knows what she's doing.

Obviously you all did something wrong to put yourself before her anyway, and since you don't want to take responsibility for your actions, you blame the consequences on her. Own up to your wrongs and be prepared to accept responsibility- otherwise, take the easy way out and DON'T DO IT!

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