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Business went as normal upstairs in criminal court Wednesday, but downstairs in general session's court is not going as usual. I am not sure what he was saying here. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Business went as normal upstairs in criminal court Wednesday, but downstairs in general session's court is not going as usual. I am not sure what he was saying here. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Since the "Blue Flu" occurred, some have been granted a "get-out-of-jail-free" card, because some officers have not showed up to court. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Since the "Blue Flu" occurred, some have been granted a "get-out-of-jail-free" card, because some officers have not showed up to court. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC)- Since the "Blue Flu" occurred, some have been granted a "get-out-of-jail-free" card, because some officers have not showed up to court.

Business went as normal upstairs in criminal court Wednesday, but downstairs in general session's court it is not going as usual. 

"All of our trials that were scheduled to go, are going," Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said.

In general sessions court, defense attorney Leslie Ballin says he has noticed a difference over the past week.

"I've seen fewer officers around," he said.

The "Blue Flu" has had an impact, though small.

"There were seven felony cases that were dismissed because the officers were not present," Weirich said.

This means seven people who had been arrested, walked out of jail, and their charges were dismissed.

Weirich says the effect is minimal and that the number is not necessarily out of the ordinary.

Ballin agrees with her.

"As it stands right now, there is absolutely no affect on the criminal justice system with any substance," Ballin added.

Ballin says those who have walked should expect to be indicted later. Weirich added it perhaps delayed justice, but that will eventually be served.

"Oftentimes it's a temporary freedom," Weirich said. "Once the police department submits the state report to us, we submit [it] to the grand jury and the process begins again in criminal court."

Other prosecutors and defense attorneys say they hope sick calls decrease, because with fewer police the harder their jobs become.

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