By Drew Moody


GLENVILLE - One by one defendants came before 14th Circuit Chief Judge Richard Facemire and were asked to enter a plea. Trial dates were set, or continued, and orders pertaining to each case were entered into the record.

For some of those indicted it may have been their first courtroom plea.

For others, a courtroom or jail cell is a familiar place. One man standing before the judge last Wednesday, August 9, has a long criminal record including at least six previous felony convictions.

Each case brings with it a story. Poverty is often a common thread that creates the fabric of the defendant's background. Other common traits may include being raised in a 'broken home,' a history of family violence, and perhaps drug and alcohol abuse, or addiction.

Of course there's a few 'hardened cases' where the charges against them may just create an interruption from their avocation of breaking the law.

In any event, for most individuals, the experience in a courtroom under these circumstances is not pleasant ...

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