11 June 2008

How to annoy a judge

Joseph Scott, a supporter of a defendant appearing before the Timaru District Court has been imprisoned for 14 days for contempt of court, after swearing at the presiding judge:

The judge was talking to a defendant in the dock about his offending when he was interrupted by mutterings from the public gallery.  He asked if someone had a problem, and Scott said he did because the judge was making the defendant uncomfortable with his persistent questioning.  Judge Crosbie said he would take his time if he had to decide whether to send someone to jail.

Scott then said "well f... hurry up".

- Timaru Herald, 11 June 2008

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