What is contempt of court? Here’s a graphic example

A US courtroom is treated to surreal dialogue prompted by an abusive defendant

Graphic

The wonderfully bizarre world of the American justice system has come up trumps again, treating us this week to one of the weirdest court reports we’ve ever read, ever.

Let’s set the scene.

We’re in a courtroom in Georgia, presided over by Judge Bryant Durham. In court is 31-year-old alleged killer Denver Allen, who has been accused of beating a fellow Floyd County Jail inmate to death in 2015.

A sombre occasion no doubt, so imagine our surprise when this happened:

1

And then this:

2

Followed by this:

3

Yes, really.

Allen is now facing contempt of court charges for his expletive-laden outburst.

If you read the full transcript here, it’s easy to see why.

8 Comments

Not Amused

And the judge being a massive homophobe … we’re just going to gloss over that are we?

(39)(4)
.

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

(12)(2)
Gayfella

‘Queer’ is a word used by the LGBT community. The Judge may be gay himself and using it against a fellow Gay person – therefore it is jumping to conclusions to call the Judge homophobic.

(7)(17)
Queer

As a queer, I can confirm we use the word queer but usually only in reference to ourselves. We would certainly never say that someone looks like a queer . . . because that would suggest we all look the same or similar.

(6)(2)
LeGBiTer

Bit disingenuous. We only really use it as an adjective rather than a noun.

(0)(0)
Anonymous

Astonishing exchange.

So glad to be at the Bar in England!

(1)(1)

Comments are closed.