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MAY 13, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Court dismisses 1,800 when police fail to show up

Court dismisses 1,800 when police fail to show up ATLANTA (AP) — At least 1,800 criminal cases have been dismissed in a metro Atlanta county court since 2010 because police officers failed to show up in court dispute being subpoenaed to testify, records show. The newspaper also found that court officials don't notify police departments when officers miss court, and prosecutors do so in only a fraction of cases. Fulton County Solicitor Carmen Smith said it's not standard procedure in her office to inform police when officers fail to appear. The greatest impact of the dismissed cases is ... Read More

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