A brother motor cop from another agency walks up to the podium as his case is called. He gets up there with ease and stands facing the Judge. As the motor cop's back is to the rest of the police officers and defendants he stood there.
Seeing that his defendant hadn't walked up to the podium, he turned around. Here his defendant was walking wearing sunglasses, fishing hat and using a white cane!!
With cops in the room, especially motor cops, you could here the murmurs of their hushed comments and snickering.
Apparently the motor cop cited him for walking across a street (at an intersection) against a red hand, meaning don't walk. The motor cop testified that the defendant was not using a white cane that day.
One of three things happened.... 1) The motor cop didn't believe the man's story as "we've heard it all before", 2) This motor cop is too hard core, 3) The old man was a cantankerous bastard and deserved the ticket.
Picture it, an old, fragile man wearing his sunglasses, fishing hat, probably bermuda shorts with black socks and using his white cane, tapping it side to side as he approaches the podium to testify.
Ewwwww! Not a pretty picture, or at least not one I'd like to be party to in front of all those cops, because cops can be relentless when it comes to laughing at each other.
The old man testifies that he has only 10% of his vision and is legally blind. He added that he may not have had his white cane with him. The intersection lacked some type of sound device to let the visually impaired to know if it was safe to cross.
Needless to say, no judgement was made and the case was taken under submission. Submission is when the Judge needs to review evidence which was submitted during a traffic case trial or does not want to embarrass the officer and makes a judgement later, mailing his decision to the defendant and Officer.
What a kicker, mailing the Judges decision to a blind man.