The Proper Response When an Offender Laughs at a Judge During Sentencing
Oct. 28, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — “Ruling upholds extra prison time for felon who laughed during sentencing.”
Not often, but within the last week for example, a defendant has laughed at me during sentencing. While I have a flash of anger, I have never sentenced someone to a longer prison term because of such behavior. Why? ‘Cause I always think of the following incident.
I remember an obese judge in these parts whose docket consisted of a fairly large number of professional prostitutes. He tired of seeing one in particular. Thus, he sentenced the prostitute to jail rather than the customary fine.
The lady of the evening then responded, “You’re a fat fuck!” She added, “I suppose your’re gonna give me more time.”
The overweight judge paused. Then said, “No, madam, truth is an absolute defense!”
As judges, maybe, just maybe, we ought not to take ourselves so seriously. But, what do I know?
Richard G. Kopf
Senior United States District Judge