Had a little tension in the district court this morning when an inmate wanted the judge to fire his court appointed lawyer. He seemed so angry and deviant that I promise everyone in the courtroom was afraid he would throw an elbow at someone. (Notice the lawyer standing off to the side and the bailiff standing in a position he normally wouldn't be in.) The case was set for a plea but the defendant claimed he knew nothing about it (I seriously doubt that.) He's charged with a first degree felony which carries with if a minimum of five years and a maximum of life. He is also charged with a marijuana case that carries up to two years day for day.And he can't get probation from a jury due to a past felony conviction. The State is offering o dismiss the marijuana case if he'll take five years in the pen on the other. He rejected it. I have no idea what he is charged with or the strength or weakness of the case -- it might be a crappy prosecution's case. But Mr. Angry Man better think long and hard about rejecting the five years. He didn't get a new lawyer, didn't throw an elbow, but did refuse to sign a sheet resetting the case.