A defendant in General Sessions Court on Friday made a pitch to get out of trash pickup duty, but the judge was not buying it.
Jeffrey William Smith pleaded guilty to theft under $500, but then argued with Judge Christie Mahn Sell about his probation requirements. Smith, 43, was allowed to do probation and community service instead of jail time, but when he was told he would be picking up trash, he told Judge Sell that he did not want to be in the heat. He requested to do something indoors.
Judge Sell replied, "It's not getting hot between now and Feb. 12. If you don't want to do probation, you can do jail."
Smith then cited various health problems. Judge Sell then asked the prosecutor the details of Smith's arrest. When it was revealed that he stole a ladder and other items, she told him, "If you can figure out how to steal a ladder, you can figure out how to pick up a few pieces of trash."
Smith has a past record of multiple DUI convictions as well as domestic assault.