Originally Posted by HBsam31
I don't mind people with animated personalities, but the court room is one place where you need to act professional at all times.
So many people don't understand this; they think a courtroom is a democracy. They believe if the judge tells them "You're an idiot" that they can say it right back to the judge because, after all, it's a free country.
Well, they're wrong, and if the judge perceives you to be disrespecting the legal system, you shouldn't be surprised if you don't get what you would consider a fair shake. Even in TV courtrooms, I can't believe the number of people who answer the judge's questions with "Yep" or "Nope"....and are surprised when the judge turns against them. How about the participants in a trial who laugh out loud during testimony, apparently figuring the judge will hear them and think: "Well, gee, if the defendant is laughing so hard, what the plaintiff is saying must
be ridiculous." It's disrespecting the judge in his/her domain to the highest degree. I can't believe there's a judge in the world who wants people laughing in their courtroom.....or blatantly showing their disdain for the system in other ways. Perhaps those people behave however they want in their own realm, but a courtroom is different and the party involved had better know it.
That brings it to Chad Johnson. All his years as an athlete, he's been treated with reverence. Why? Because he's spent his life in the service of mankind? Because he's discovered a cure for cancer? .....No, it's because he can catch a damn football. The guy has been the definition of a "diva receiva" and made a royal pain in the ass of himself while walking around as if he's king of the world. He's as great as we keep telling him he is.
So, now he's in front of the judge because he headbutted his wife during an argument. Why did he do that? Because he felt like it, that's why. Because the "bitch" was daring to go against his wishes. Because he's rich and famous enough to hire the best attorneys and is so used to doing whatever he wants in life that he slaps his lawyer in the ass during a hearing and figures everyone will love it......as the spectators in the courtroom apparently did.
But the spectators aren't the judge. She doesn't have to bow down before the "great" man. Maybe she looks at what he's being accused of and, in her deliberations, considers his wealth, privilege and apparent total lack of remorse in brutalizing someone weaker than him and decides she's not going to give him his way as he's been used to getting his whole life as an athlete.
He'll do the 30 days behind bars quickly enough; I wouldn't even be surprised if his ace attorneys find a way to get the sentence shortened. The time in jail won't hurt him, but maybe this lesson from the judge will stick.
One can only hope.