Past Investigations Focused On Absent, Tardy Judges

Posted: 10:15 PM, May 08, 2017
Updated: 2017-05-08 23:36:27-04

Questions about Judge Rachel Bell's habitual tardiness are not the first raised by NewsChannel 5 about local General Sessions judges leaving people waiting.

Nine years ago, NewsChannel 5 Investigates watched then-Judge Gloria Dumas as she was repeatedly late for court.

"I'm not going to tell you I don't have issues with being late," she said at the time. "I'm not going to tell you I haven't all my life had issues with being late."

We also then watched as Judge Gale Robinson left people waiting in his courtroom, while he went off to conduct funerals for his family-run funeral home.

Robinson later admitted that had been a mistake.

"Like I said, I'm not perfect. If I make mistakes, I'll man up and admit it. That's why I'm telling you I made a mistake in this situation."