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Carson Gets Tongue-Lashing From Judge For Not Paying Ticket

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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) - As chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party for the last year Bryan Carson is used to giving the orders rather than taking them.

But he found himself on the other end of a give-and-take as he faced Shelby County Environmental Judge Larry Potter Thursday as he was trying to settle an outstanding parking ticket.

Humility is a wonderful quality especially in the political arena. To be openly grateful or at least act like you're appreciative can often enable you to offset unexpected trouble. Being humble is never more of an asset than when you're summoned to Judge Potter's courtroom.

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Can you put a dollars and cents price of having to "eat crow" for breakfast?

"One-hundred-eighty-six-dollars-and-50-cents; $186.50. A pretty hefty fine," said Robert Spence, Bryan's attorney.

In a political season that's already produced stories of the weird, exclusively involving Shelby County Democrats, Carson ignominiously added his name to the list.

One day after being arrested and handcuffed after a traffic stop revealed he was the subject of an outstanding warrant for not paying a previous fine, a visibly indignant Carson got a front row seat in environmental court as his attorney set about to legally sort things out.

"We stand with handling a traffic ticket," Spence said. "We're going to pay a fine and we're going to get on down the road."

Carson's predicament was derived from his failure to respond to a ticket he received in October 2013. After it was issued he failed to show up for court. That essentially triggered a bench warrant for his arrest. Yet, things got a little more complicated when Carson posted his arrest on his Facebook page.

In noting in the post the warrant came from environmental court, Carson called the situation "ironic" since the party had, days before, made public endorsements of judicial candidates for the Aug. 7 election. However, it was obvious any inference of political payback didn't set well with the 30-year veteran judge, Who out of the earshot of microphones expressed his personal disdain for Carson's political implications.

Carson did what no doubt attorney Spence advised -- just stand there quietly and take the tongue-lashing.

"Mr. Carson and Judge Potter had a discussion about how the ticket was originated, how the warrant was initiated," Spence said. "The judge wanted to explain certain facts to Mr. Carson, which he did. It ended with a handshake and an apology and it's all over."

But, did Judge Potter's words resonate with Carson?

"I won't say. I mean, you never know," Carson said. "I mean, it's a traffic ticket. I'm not aware of anyone being locked up over a traffic ticket. But, it happened. I want to move forward."

Move forward, down the road, and most importantly for $186.50 and a stern talking to out of there!

As for Spence it was part of a busy day in which he also had a case in federal court as well as representing Carson.

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