On a follow up to her request for smaller monthly restitution payments, Jacquetta Simmons showed up without the two things Judge Robert C. Noonan said she needed today: An attorney and a certified financial statement.
Noonan lectured her briefly on the need to have a proper financial statement, said that he wants to get restitution payments started in this case, and then gave her until Sept. 16 to get her documents together.
And perhaps show up with an attorney.
What Simmons arrived with in court today was a handwritten statement on a blue-lined piece of notebook paper.
"Ms. Simmons, what we need from you is a sworn statement of income and expenses for you and each person in your household," Noonan said. "We need an itemization of all the things you've done while looking for work, not just your conclusionary statement saying you can't find work."
When her case was called, Simmons ambled to the defense table dressed in faded blue jeans and a white T-shirt holding her piece of paper.
Asked about her attorney, Simmons told Noonan that she was under the impression that Key would be in court with her today, and that she spoke with Key after her Aug. 26 court appearance.
In June, the Buffalo News published a report about Key moving from the Buffalo area. His Web site says his office is located in Buffalo.
So when Simmons said she had spoke with him since August, Noonan expressed some surprise.
"Really?" Noonan said. "I thought he left town before that. Perhaps he kept the same cell phone."
Noonan told Simmons she could appear Sept. 16 with or without an attorney. "It's your choice," he said.
Simmons is under court order to make $100 monthly payments in restitution for $2,000 in medical expenses to Grace Souzzi, whom she punched in the face Christmas Eve 2011 after Souzzi asked for a receipt for items Simmons and her brother had purchased earlier at Walmart.
Because she's not working, Simmons has asked that the amount of monthly payments be reduced.
After the brief hearing, Simmons turned from the bench and walked away, mumbling something under her breath.