Louisville, Kentucky – A University of Louisville police officer was found in contempt of court after she refused to show up to court on two occasions, telling the judge she was too busy.
Kristen Byrd ticketed a doctor for a traffic violation that he decided to contest in court. He showed up but officer Byrd did not. Now the case morphed into a bench trial, and Jefferson District Judge Stephanie Pearce Burke subpoenaed Byrd. For a second time, everyone showed up to court on time but Byrd was looking like a no show.
While everyone was in the courtroom, the judge ordered prosecutors to call Byrd to find out where she was and why she was not in court. They did so multiple times but she would not answer her phone. So the judge called her personally. This time Byrd answered and told the judge, with an attitude, that she was too busy to come to court. When the judge informed her she had been ordered to appear via a subpoena, Byrd once again said she was too busy.…Continue Reading
Philadelphia, PA - Willie Singletary had led a charmed life. In 2007, while running for the position of judge with the Philadelphia Traffic Court, it was discovered that Singletary – who holds no law degree – had a suspended license and more than $11,000 in traffic tickets. Singletary made up for his shortcomings with his positive campaign message, though.
“There’s going to be a basket going around, because I’m running for Traffic Court judge, right, and I need some money,” Singletary said at a 2007 biker rally. “Now, you all want me to get there. You’re all going to need my hookup, right?”
Singletary – shown in a picture from his Myspace page – would win that election. …and, after a small reprimand for the apparent suggestion that he would run a court steeped in corruption and favoritism, he was poised for great things. …at least until the FBI showed up.
In September 2011, the FBI raided the home and office of Administrative Judge Michael Sullivan and others amidst a long list of allegations of ticket fixing for political friends and family.…Continue Reading
Texas – As a redditor (AuntieChrist) who mainly lurks in /r/wtf to keep an eye out for any interesting news articles, I have watched a video posted on Reddit blow the fcuk up this morning. The video shows a man beating the crap out of his teen daughter because she was downloading music and games on to her computer using Kazaa.
The video was made in 2004, but the girl getting assaulted has waited until now to upload the video because she “wanted the world to know the truth.” While most readers of D’D read articles here detailing abuse that make the following video look like family game night, I am posting it because the man doing the beating is William Adams, a Texas court-at-law judge.
You can watch the original video posted on Youtube, but in case it gets deleted I am embedding the video from NoDeleteButton.com.
If you watched the video, there is no doubt that what you witnessed was an assault. Normally I shy away from posting stories like this, as I prefer to post on stories in which someone has been accused of a crime, even though the video clearly shows Adams committing one.…Continue Reading
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Well look who’s back in the news. Paul Gonzalez, the man who beat his ex-wife unconscious in a judge’s chambers, was in court Monday trying to get his bond reduced. That didn’t happen.
For those of you who missed the story and are too lame to click the link, Gonzalez had a bit of a hissy-fit in a judge’s chambers during a divorce proceeding and laid the smack down on his ex-wife’s face that left her with a broken cheekbone and broken nose. He was only restrained after court officers stepped in and Tased him.
While in court on Monday, Gonzalez was still demonstrating his maturity when he turned his chair the opposite direction so he would not have to face his ex-wife when she took the stand. Judge Cohen had to stop the hearing to scold Gonzalez and instruct him to turn his chair back around like an adult.
His wife went on to explain the pattern of abuse she had lived with for years, but that she stayed with him partly out of fear, partly out of love and partly because of the two children she shared with him.…Continue Reading
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A woman won’t have any more issues convincing people her husband can be violent after he beat the crap out of her inside a judge’s private chambers during divorce proceedings.
Caty Scott-Gonzalez was at the final court hearing for her divorce from her husband, Paul Gonzalez. While inside the private chambers of Judge Ronald Rothschild, her husband flew into a rage after the judge ordered him to pay support for his two children, aged one and three. He screamed at the judge and his wife before blindsiding her with a punch to the face. The ex-marine then began repeatedly punching his wife in the face as she lay unconscious. A dozen bailiffs rushed in to subdue him. “They had to Tase him twice in order to remove him from me,” said Scott-Gonzalez.
The mother of two received bruises near both her eyes, split lips and several fractures to her nose and face while her husband received charges of felony battery, domestic violence and resisting arrest without violence.…Continue Reading
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania judge got into a bit of trouble over the weekend after getting tanked and trying to enter a female judge’s hotel room on several occasions before the woman called the cops.
Judge Douglas Gummo was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after police were called to the Radisson Penn Harris on April 1. The judge was attending a conference there and had a bit too much to drink. So much so that he began banging on the door of a female judge he met at the conference. She would not let him in but Gummo wasn’t taking “no” for an answer.
“She refused him admission to her room previously in the evening,” a police news release states. “Gummo returned a short period later and beat on her door for approximately 10 minutes and attempted to turn the doorknob. He left and returned on two other occasions beating on the door attempting to gain access.”
It was on the third try that the female judge decided she’d had enough and call the police.…Continue Reading