Brotha Workitout

I've seen some strange case captions in my almost three years here at The Daily Record (especially in federal forfeiture actions), but a rearraignment scheduled for tomorrow morning in U.S. District Court in Baltimore might set a new bar. Take a look at Judge J. Frederick Motz's 10:30 a.m. engagement. That's right, a bank fraud and identity ...


  1. …gee, the gentleman “had some mental issues” and, well, the Brotha wanted to WorkItOut. makes perfect sense to me. No, really folks, this appears to be another instance of the court system acting as a surrogate mental health care system – the court system as a substitute for the ineffectual (or non-existent in some places) mental health system.
    ‘Tis a pity the gentleman was a victim of the Baltimore Public school system which failed to convey to him the importance, and even majesty, of his given name. His name sake, James Weldon Johnson was one of the great figures of the Reconstruction Era, of African-American history and American history in general. JWJ served as the United States’ Consul General to both Venezuela and Nicaragua, an attorney and a college professor and the composer of the little-sung, little-remembered “Negro National Anthem” a musically avant garde composition that captured the sentiment of an oppressed and newly-freed peoples and the idiosyncratic classical musical renditions of the late 19th-century.

  2. According to his case docket, Mr. Workitout’s rearraignment has been “postponed until further notice.” I’ll let everyone know if/when it eventually…(groan)…works out.

  3. I work at an 800 line and I’ve actually talked to this man. We had to identify by name and I so wanted him to say it, but to my dismay, he only spelled it. Also, we were supposed to address callers by their first names, and as much as I wanted to say “Brotha, could you please hold while I pull up your account information” I chickened out and just said “Sir.”

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