Judge has opened 'Pandora's Box'

I've been saying for years the judicial system in Alabama was on the verge of collapse due to lack of funding and an order issued by Mobile County Circuit Judge James Patterson on Sept. 24 will either open eyes or open Pandora's Box. It will be fun to see which one happens.

The rubber meets the road in the court system at the circuit clerk's office. This is where it all starts and stops. Over the years, the state has cut, cut and cut more employees from the clerks' office all across the state. They been cut to the point that many circuit clerks can't live up to their constitutional duties.

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