Judge Richburg and divorce by phone

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I look around here, and I see other people that I have fond memories of. The first day I went to work at the D.A.’s office, they told me I needed to go out and do an examining trial in Judge Richburg’s court at 1 o’clock. I didn’t know what an examining trial was. I went out there and sat and I thought, well, maybe I can watch and see one. Well, in those days not everybody had a telephone like right now. And I swear the phone rang up on the bench. I couldn’t believe it. I watched very carefully and I think — I’m not sure, but I think Judge Richburg divorced somebody by phone.

You know, it was interesting, that first case I had, that first examining trial. I started off with something light. It was a murder case. Who did I have on the other side? Charlie Tessmer. I tell you he treated me like a real gentleman. I think I was probably the only one in the courtroom that was more afraid than perhaps his client. I doubt if he ever got true billed.

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