This would have been rejected by “Boston Legal” as too ridiculous.
In a Rome, Georgia court room, as others looked on, Floyd County Superior Court Judge Bryant Durham allowed himself to be provoked by a defiant murder suspect named Denver Allen.
What resulted was a rare (thank goodness) example of a judge lowering himself, his position, the court and the justice system to the level of those with no respect for the law or society. Here is a portion of the transcript:
Stay classy, Judge Durham.
You don’t have to be an authority on the Georgia code of conduct for judges. or any judicial codes, to figure out that this display violates multiple principles, including the duties to maintain dignity and decorum, avoid impropriety, uphold respect and confidence in the judiciary, avoid bias and prejudice, discharge judicial duties efficiently and competently, and not tell people to masturbate in court.
Well, that last one is more of a guideline than a rule, really.
Judge Durham needs to be disciplined, and either resign, or take a long, long vacation.
On the plus side, this episode may have moved him onto the short list of possible Supreme Court nominees for President Trump.
Pointer and Sources: Res Ipsa Loquitur