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

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By Katie King on

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.