A former judge plead guilty after ordering the tasering of a defendant in the courtroom (video linked). He was fined $5000 and ordered to take anger management classes. Is this punishment too lenient?
I think so. The offense was that the person wouldn't stop talking when the judge ordered him to do so. Until that was explained, I didn't understand what the problem was - the man was not endangering anyone else; he was simply standing at his proper place in the courtroom and speaking quietly. (Also, what we could hear of the judge's questioning seemed a bit unnecessarily picky; maybe he just felt compelled to explain.)
Tasers can stop the heart; tasers can kill. I didn't see any behavior that would have warranted tasering as a response.
The fact that the same judge admitted to *slashing* the tires of someone who parked in his spot - surely a crime right there - just reinforces my thinking that he way overstepped here, & a relatively small fine is too lenient. I hope the anger management class helps.
Agreed. He should also be on unpaid suspension with reinstatement conditional on his counseling.
Looks like he was removed (video was slow loading). That's good, but still not enough.
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