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

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


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:


And then this:


Followed by this:


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.


Not Amused

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



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‘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.



That really wasn’t the meaning though, was it?



A self-identifying “queer” judge in Georgia? Come on…



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.



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



Astonishing exchange.

So glad to be at the Bar in England!


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