Special court hearing for man afraid of heights

Special court hearing for man afraid of heights

A simple speeding ticket led to a special court hearing--all because of a man's fear of heights.

Cleveland City court judges do most of their work from the 13th floor up at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center, a big tall building.

Christopher Wilson had to go before Judge Angela Stokes for doing 40 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Judge Stokes sits on the 15th floor. She says Wilson did show up but said he couldn't go up there.

So the judge, an officer, and a court reporter came downstairs to a hallway for the hearing.

"I think it was legitimate," the judge told 19 Action News. She added, "When he came here for his not guilty plea in the arraignment room two weeks back, he explained at the time he would not be able to go up to the 15th floor. Then he came back for his court date."

The judge felt Wilson was sincere and says he only works part-time. He plead no contest, so she cut him a break on the fine and court costs making him pay only $46 when the max could've been $296.

Wilson told us by phone he has panic attacks or what he calls "bad anxiety." He considers what the judge did, "pretty nice."

Why not just send in the fine and not even bother with court?  Wilson says he's convinced he wasn't speeding. Though that argument only goes so far in any court hearing.

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