The courtroom was full by 8:50 a.m. Clerks have gotten smart over the course of the fall. They tell folks on the morning docket court starts at 8:45 a.m. when it really starts at 9.
The judge’s chair sat empty as a Chatham County Sheriff’s Deputy stood in front of nine packed rows and recited the rules: turn your phones off, keep your hands out of your pockets, keep your face mask over your nose.
About half an hour into the docket, Judge Mary Kathryn Moss issued another rule when a woman spoke out of turn: “If you can’t control yourself, the court will control you,”
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