From my perspective, it demonstrates that Johnson might be someone who doesn't stop to think about something before he does it. In a courtroom, everyone from the judge to the attorneys to the court officers to the spectators are expected to conduct themselves with extreme formality. In the years I've escorted prisoners to various goings on in court, I've yet to experience a judge that allows anything but rigid formality in his or her court.
Looking at this, I'm thinking that this is more towards punishing Johnson for the assault on his wife rather than slapping his lawyer's ass in a moment of excitement. I don't know what Johnson's mindset is, but maybe the judge in this case thought he was getting off extremely light, something that seems to be a frequent occurrence among celebrities accused of crimes, and saw an opportunity to try and make some sort of example out of him. Maybe she herself thought that whatever deal had been reached was something she personally thought was inappropriate. She could have refused to sign off on the deal I suppose. The problem, however, is that eventually, she may been overruled by a higher court if the details of the deal are commonly applied to many defendants charged with similar crimes and if Johnson's attorney decided to appeal the decision. If that happened, then she herself could have wound up the subject of judicial inquiry. While it's pretty much impossible for anyone to be 100% unbiased, a judge is someone who has to do their upmost to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. In this situation, I think there may have been a little projection going on as far as the judge's opinion of Johnson, what he was charged, possible flaunting of his celebrity status and how easy he was getting off.
If he acted in what she thought was a disrespectful manner in her courtroom, then she could do a little something to send a message. Judging simply based on what I've read, Johnson does sort of come off as someone who believes he should get special treatment due to his celebrity status. After all, for someone of his obvious financial means, meeting with his parole officer should have been no trouble whatsoever.
Is it harsh punishment? Strictly by the letter of the law, it probably is. However, as a flesh & blood human being, I can't say that I have any sympathy for the guy. I've got no sympathy for wife beaters, especially those with a sense of entitlement because they're celebrities. The only time I ever advocate being violent with a woman is if you're someone that's in genuine physical danger of severe injury or death. It might not be viewed as politically correct, but political correctness can kiss my rosy red ass if a gal is trying to check my temperature with a butcher's knife.
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I, Who Was Born In A Naked Land And Bred In The Open Sky.
The Subtle Tongue, The Sophist Guile, They Fail When The Broadswords Sing.
Rush In And Die Dogs - I Was A Man Before I Was King."
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