What should a judge do when a man on trial in his court decides to make an easy escape from custody? It happened this week in Baltimore. After a transportation mixup, a corrections officer took Marcus Anderson, a drug dealer facing gun charges, from prison to court with a van that lacked security features, including handcuffs, reports the Baltimore Sun. When she stopped at a red light in Baltimore, Anderson leaped out and ran away. With no cell phone or radio, she couldn’t call for help.
Judge Charles Bernstein allowed his trial to move forward anyway. “If I were a young enterprising criminal, I’d come to Baltimore to set up my practice,” he said. “This is the place to be. This is the Promised Land.” He added: Defendants just can’t think, ‘I don’t want to go to trial today. I’m going to escape.’