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RyanUnited April 3rd, 2016 12:01am

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?

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susanr Colorado
04/02/16 5:16 pm

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.

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Rosebud Ohio
04/02/16 6:37 pm

Agreed. He should also be on unpaid suspension with reinstatement conditional on his counseling.

Rosebud Ohio
04/02/16 6:40 pm

Looks like he was removed (video was slow loading). That's good, but still not enough.