I just got out of another hearing on money issues before Cmr. Joseph. These things seem to continue without end. My ex-wife introduced 100s of pages of exhibits. I don't know what he is going to do.
I had been scheduled to be sentenced for contempt of court today, but no one mentioned. My guess is that the judge is supposed to either act on the matter or keep it on the calendar. If so, he'll probably put it back on the docket for some future date.
My ex-wife thought that I was over-dramatizing my condition when I told the appeals court yesterday that I was scheduled to be sentenced for up to five days in jail the next day. She says that Cmr. Joseph wants to just keep the sentence hanging over my head, without actually sentencing me. Maybe so, but it was correct that I was scheduled to be sentenced. Surely some day Cmr. Joseph will get tired of requiring us to appear in his court, and he will have to decide to do something.
Our trial was interrupted by a divorcing couple that had agreed to settle everything on their own terms, except for one minor financial matter. Their settlement did not involve child support or any of the usual consequences of a court-ordered dissolution. Cmr. Joseph didn't know what to do with them. He kept trying to sell them on what he would order, but his plan was not suited to either of their needs and they were not interested. He also kept assuring them that they could come back into court later, break their current deal, and get court-ordered child support. He wanted to make sure they understood that they were turning down an opportunity for the court to run their lives. Except he did not put it that way, of course. It did not appear to me that the couple got their one financial disagreement resolved, so I guess they will be back in court later.
Another distraction was that there was a class of kids on a field trip who visited the courtroom. Normally Cmr. Joseph does not allow kids in the courtroom. I don't think they got a very good example of court action as no one was on the witness stand and the judge asked most of the question. In a real court, the judge does not question the witnesses.