Reader: Kudos to federal judges for handling courtroom antics

It’s been a circus recently in the normally buttoned-down world of federal court in Dallas.

Earlier this month, we brought you the tale of the busted courtroom door. U.S. District Judge Jorge Solis put out an arrest warrant for Shirlonda Bozeman after she flipped out when he sentenced her relative to 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Solis has charged Shirlonda with contempt and has ordered her to appear in court May 11 to find out her fate.

Then last week, career bank robber and jailhouse lawyer Benjamin Potts fought with a bunch of U.S. marshals who were trying to stand him up so Judge Barbara Lynn sentence him to 65 years.

A reader offered this comment on the bottom of the Potts story online:

Judge Lynn does indeed deserve credit for maintaining composure while dealing with an idiot. Recently, Federal Judge [Jorge] Solis had to deal with something similar in his courtroom when a relative of the criminal being sentenced disapproved of the sentence. This woman made her displeasure known to everyone gathered in the room that day – she made a spectacle of herself and then slammed out of the courtroom, damaging the door as she went. Judge Solis issued a warrant for her arrest. It is disconcerting that there is so little respect for the system of law and courtroom decorum by some people in this country. I applaud Judge Solis and Judge Lynn for refusing to tolerate it.

–Jason Trahan/Reporter

Source: Crime Blog