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In this case, it seems that a court appearance is just a stupid waste of everyone's time................................................

Not at all.

It may be a chickencrap ticket, but the Courts exist to separate the valid from the chickencrap. And unless Dean wishes to roll over and take it, it ain't a waste of his time to dispute it, and the Trooper gets paid for his time so it isn't a waste of his time.

The Trooper presumably really belives that Dean did "something"* and "following to close" is how he had to write it up to justify the stop.

The court date is just to determine if the Trooper was correct in his opinion.


* there may be a number of reasons why the Trooper picked Dean's car for a traffic stop, and the ticket written may in fact be a cover for the real/original reason which of course we will never be informed of.
Many "real crimes" is discovered during routine traffic stops so this becomes one of those cases where we need to ask ourselves do we like Donna, wish they would go after real crime or do we maybe prefer that they keep making traffic stops.

It's difficult to get the dirtbags, without annoying good guys like Dean and me a bit at the same time.

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