Tuesday, May 13, 2008

"I Am A Merciless SOB"

The Maryland Court of Appeals suspended a judge of the District Court for 30 days without pay who "had used profanity in the courtroom, made comments that manifested bias towards particular groups, disparaged the Judiciary, insulted defendants, and manifested a lack of courtesy, patience and dignity..." Samples: "What's the big rush to get back to Pennsylvania? It's an ugly state." After a woman took a crying baby out of the courtroom: "If she only knew how much I hate kids, she would not have brought that kid in here today." When a defendant pleaded not guilty: "Would you like some cheese with that whine because I've heard about all I wish to hear." In response to a plea for mercy: "I don't have any mercy. You haven't heard about me? I am a merciless SOB." To other defendants: "Well Mr. Jones, the hits keep coming. I mean, if there is a pile of shit there you'll step in it..." and "Ma'am, you can't bullshit a bullshitter..." He also made comments suggesting that Circuit Court judges don't work after lunch.

The court concluded that "[u]se of vulgar language erodes public trust and confidence in the Judiciary...Trust and confidence is undermined when a judge disparages and undermines fellow members of the judicial system." (Mike Frisch)

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Sirs:

I am happy to see that inappropriate actions as such are not accepted in our courtrooms; not by offenders and certainly not by members of the bench. But I have one question; how does this defender of the laws' actions differ from that of the way "Judge Judy" conducts herself on National T.V., or for that matter in the international arena? I live in Bermuda and some of the things that I find her saying, although entertaining, are quite unacceptable for an institution that administers judicial punshiment for persons who act against the law.

Posted by: Jahkeel Quallo | May 16, 2008 3:17:42 AM

I have always suspected there are some very good reasons why "Judge" Judy is now an entertainer and not a judge.

Posted by: Chris Minor | May 16, 2008 7:54:51 PM

This would make good copy for the judge on "Boston Legal."

Posted by: William Schmidt | May 21, 2008 11:54:02 AM

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