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Judge was not in a joking mood
What an inspiration. Ocho Cinco inspires me to get dumber everyday.
Wow, not sure if should feel bad for the guy or not? I could definitely see the judge ripping him for it but it seems it was done under the context of giving his attorney a "good job" playing off all the kudos the judge was giving him. I'd feel bad if I was one of the people in the courtroom that laughed. Then again, they didn't put him in that position. Such a shame. He should've stayed in cinci w Lewis. Coach Lewis seemed to be the only one to get ocho's attention. Idk.
that judge needs to go to jail that is ridiculous
Our Butch is an awesome Butch he reigns from Knoxville with Jalen Hurd on the way our Butch is an awesome Butch
I would have said "I'm a damn ball player, and slapping asses is what we do, it's just habit".
Well where he is headed I am sure somebody will return the favor
Completely agree. This seems a little harsh but I guess there was some history so the judge probably had him on a short leash. I follow him on Twitter and he seems to be a really nice guy. He is always taking fans to dinner and even flying them to him for visits. I remember he flew one guy to Miami for the weekend to see a preseason game last year
and hung out with him all weekend. This was obviously before his release from the Dolphins!!
First of all, you don't know the backstory. If he'd been in front of this judge before, he could have been warned previously about not treating it formally and respectfully.
I've been a trial attorney for 21 years, and I'm in court in a lot of counties in front of a lot of trial judges, and I don't know a single trial judge who wouldn't threaten to hold him in contempt, at least, for that sort of behavior. Even if you misspeak, but do so with respect, you'll probably get off a lot easier than being flip and acting as if you didn't take the proceedings seriously.
There is not a different standard for courtroom conduct for athletes who regularly slap fannies, either. We're all expected to behave the same way. When someone behaves disrespectfully (even if they didn't intend to, and/or even if they're too dumb to know it was disrespectful) to a judge in a court, it turns the whole institution and process into a joke.
Do some judges have a power trip running amok, which attorneys refer to as "robe-itis"? Yes. No doubt. But even if it's the judge who is suffering from a bit of a, shall we say, humility deficit, they're still the one wearing the robe, and the one who in this state got enough votes to be elected, if it's a trial judge.
Many will disagree with me about whether or not it OUGHT to be that way, and that's fine. We can agree to disagree. The point is that's just the way it IS, like it or not, the vast majority of places, and people can choose to behave accordingly or expect to spend a little time contemplating the meaning of life in, ahem, "secured county facilities."
And just for myself, speaking as only one lawyer who has been fortunate enough to be hugged by little old ladies and had his hand shaken by clients after trial victories, I'd just as soon do without the butt slap. All attorneys are officers of the court; we take our jobs seriously (as most of our clients want us to); and most of us would rather not have our job turned into a joke by our client, especially when we just got a great result for him until he screwed it up. JMO.
And c'mon, jock types, what's the rule? "If two guys in the high school band slap fannies, we'll drag out 15 gay slurs to call them, but it's manly, I tells ya, MANLY, behavior when we athletes do it!" Really?
Bottom line [pun DEFINITELY intended]: Whether the judge was in the band or on the football team or both, s/he probably ain't gonna like it.
"Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat." Sir Robin's Minstrels.
His attorney should have told him to wear a suit. Or at the very least, tuck in his shirt.
That judge looked ready to spit fire. IMO that looked like a power trip on her part. The butt slap was harmless. Good grief.
Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. It's a mad world we live in.
I'm with dobervol on this one. There's a certain etiquette or decorum expected in a courtroom. Whether you think the judge was on a power trip or not, it's his/her courtroom and they should be treated with respect.
She did it all for attention and enjoying her power... She probably was abused as a child
So you should go to jail for violating the proper courtroom decorum in a moment of celebration? People get upset and violate courtroom etiquette all the time and the judge tells them to settle down. Should these people all get a month in jail too?
I think it's absurd. She should have reprimanded him if she was offended, but to sentence him to 30 days over that seems unstable.
"When we step on that football field, everyone flips a switch. And it's on..." - Butch Jones
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