I started thinking about some of the cases I’ve reported over the years, including as an Orlando official court reporter in the ’80s. We had a young defendant appearing for sentencing before Judge Gary Formet, r.i.p.
I can’t remember what the Defendant was charged with, but I remember the judge getting some background from him:
Q. Where do you live? A. With my parents.
Q. Do you work and where? A. Yes. McDonald’s.
Q. How much do you make a month? A. About $950 a month.
Q. Do you have a car? A. Yes.
Q. What kind of car do you drive? A. A new Porsche.
(At this point all activity stopped; all eyes were on the Defendant).
Q. Do you own it outright or are you making payments? A. I’m making payments.
Q. How much are your payments? A. About $950 a month!
I can’t remember what happened after that except the Court had a field day. I seem to recall the judge telling him he had to pay court costs and fees and he didn’t care if he had to sell the Porsche to do it!