Let this story be a lesson to you folks, don’t tick off the judge who is handling your judgment. Especially not when he is in the process of handing down said judgment!
Ebony Burks, 32, was in the Elyria Municipal Court in Ohio because she had been accused of domestic violence and assault. Judge Gary Bennett must have drawn the short straw to be the one who had to deal with what would come next at her hearing. It began rather innocuously with the Judge informing Ms. Burks that she was to have no contact with either of the victims in the case.
This agitated Burks because one of the victims was her grandfather, Shedrick McCray, in whose home she was living. Not being able to contact him would make getting home very difficult. After her initial outburst the judge gave her 30 days in prison, but as Ms. Burks continued to escalate the situation, so to the judge continued to escalate her prison sentence, finally reaching 300 days for contempt of court.
I would suggest avoiding an outcome like this and not getting attitude with a judge who could hand down prison time.
On the bright side, Ms. Burks doesn’t have to worry about where she’ll be living now because the state of Ohio will be putting her up in their accommodations for the next 300 days. Maybe by then her grandfather will have forgiven her and he’ll let her crash at his place again…
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