Tuesday, March 06, 2007

in court

The turnout of concerned neighborhood residents at today's Jay Johnson housing court hearing was encouraging. The hearing itself (concerning 7700-7706 N Marshfield) was brief and procedural. Some folks in attendance expressed the opinion that the judge tends to be rather lenient and the case in housing court may not be terribly productive in the long run.

It was good to meet Craig, who I've only met previously in the blogosphere.

On the other hand, media exposure may make more of a difference. Channels 7, 9 and Univision were there, and a number of folks were interviewed. I can only hope that there will be future, deeper media exposure of Jay Johnson's role in making the community less safe and his longtime close connection with Joe Moore.


Jocelyn said...

Yes, this media attention will put more pressure to run things properly. It MUST be embarrassing for Johnson right? Did you get any feeling from him at all?

This is one area that Don has promised to take a harder line and that would be very good. The community should not have to browbeat property owners into doing their job!

Thanks for your public service :)

Fargo said...

When we walked into the courtroom, Johnson looked a bit nervous at the number of us who turned out, many of whom had to be familiar faces to him. I was amused to see the images of him in the Channel 9 news footage (see http://www.morsehellhole.blogspot.com/ 3/6 entry with graphic link to Youtube) scurrying towards the men's room to avoid the cameras, like a rat into a hole. Priceless!

Thomas Westgard said...

Congratulations on going. Housing court is usually boring, meaningless technical violations that don't have any bigger meaning, so the judges really need a reminder that some of them are a much bigger deal. Going to these makes a big difference. Even if the judge isn't allowed to make a note of it, they definitely take notice.