Weird but not surprising

A hearing relating to Ben Harbin got botched up. The hearing was to determine if his license should be suspended. The police officer involved was supposed to testify, but he did not show up. He had gotten a notice that the hearing had been re-scheduled.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is not a conspiracy or anything of the sorts to benefit Rep. Harbin. This is the ineptness of the system in general. And frankly, it’s good that this has happened to someone like Ben Harbin because he’s in a position to fix it, now having first hand experience at how screwed up the damn system is.

I had a Department of Labor hearing back when I was practicing law that was rescheduled. I’m sitting at my desk one day, the day of the original hearing, and the phone rings. It’s the hearing officer for the Department of Labor who has the dismissed crackhead worker on the line with her to begin the hearing.

I explained that I had received notice that the hearing was rescheduled. The hearing officer says the hearing wasn’t rescheduled, the hearing officer had been changed, but the date remained the same. That was not what my notice said. So then we had to go through faxing the notice and rescheduling the hearing and the crackhead fired worker was convinced it was a conspiracy against her.

Of course that one worked to my advantage — the crackhead did not show up at the second hearing.

Long story short: I have no doubt that neither Mr. Harbin nor is attorney were involved in this screw up, though I know some people always fall on that sort of explanation. What happened here is that the bureaucracy should be purged every few years as an extra measure against inept processing of government matters.

One comment

  1. Rogue109 says:

    This is the norm at least 50-60% of the time with these hearings which are handled by the Office of State Administrative Hearings. What’ll happen is that the arresting officer will file a 1205 Form requesting the civil license suspension and then not even bother to show up at the ALS Hearing if one is requested within 10 days of the arrest by the driver or his attorney.

    It’s also not uncommon for OSAH to just switch batches of hearings around from one day to another with little notice.

    This is the same office, by the way, that has the judges which hear all workers’ compensation cases in Georgia.

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