Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Judge Weill issues order on PD contempt.

Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill issued the following order regarding the findings of contempt he issued against Public Defenders Michelle Purvis and Greg Spore. Judge Weill also ordered the sound recording made by the court reporter (for making transcripts) be made a part of the official record.



39 comments:

The Judge Has Balls said...

I think he just gave Bennie the finger.

Anonymous said...

The court reporter's audio is not usually a part of the offficial record. Is Judge Weill setting a dangerous precident here? It seems only a matter of time before defendants begin asking for access to the audio files. I can particularly imagine such a request in petitions for post conviction relief where defendants often argue that their guilty pleas were not freely and voluntarily given or that the State or the trial court misinformed the defendant about his or her eligibility for parole.

Anonymous said...

I know Bennie et. al. would vehemently disagree with me on this, but regardless of your race, courtroom decorum is necessary and expected. In fact, the courtroom is one of the last places in American society where there are actually rules and expectations that address people's attire and behavior.

And that's a good thing.......

Anonymous said...

Hang tough Jerge Jeff! Don't be intimidated by this new breed of "thug lawyers" and their antics in YOUR courtroom. And a shout out to you uncle bennie...sit down and STFU!

Anonymous said...

Hope you will post the audio KF. It seems that people are finally realizing that they may have been too quick to judge the judge. He has way more sense and than all of these people combined, he follows the law (which these people don't like), and he is too classy to be a part of these childish stunts a la Bennie and company.

Anonymous said...

Respect has to be earned . How is it that the great Judge lost control of his court room . Can't just tell Barristers fighting for their clients to sit down and shut up . You wouldn't do that if they were members of your country club or the Third Baptist Church you belonged to . Deal with them with dignity , they'll corporate with you. The Late Mayor Lumumba , gone through the same in Holmes county . Chill out Judge .

I'll have a Caucasian, Jackie Treehorn said...

8:27... Corporate... Cooperate, lost control?...Looks like took control, late mayor Mumbojumbo...get over your race baiting dumbass self, says this never held a slave, worked a coolie, oppressed a subservient anyone CRACKER ! I have Nothing to apologize for, dingleberry.

Anonymous said...

8:27 is basically right - the moment a lawyer steps out of line, put 'em in their place, or you'll be known as a softie who need not be obeyed. Then good luck regaining control.

If Weill had a little more self-respect, he'd be a better judge.

Anonymous said...

8:57. They can't help it. They are stupid.

Kingfish said...

If they were videotaping without permission, I don't see why the bailiffs weren't ordered to remove them or hold them in contempt if they disobeyed the order to stop recording.

Anonymous said...

@6:49 - nice try at quickly trying to divert attention from what I can only imagine will be a highly embarrassing courtroom display by Purvis and company - please cite some statute or other authority saying an audio tape by the official court reporter is "not part of the record". Sometimes transcripts just don't tell the whole story, but something tells me the audio will! Another "UH-OH" Ms. Purvis. KF - can you post the audio?

Anonymous said...

Entitled lawyers of any stripe ARE making a mockery of the "system". The optics of 'blind justice' do not matter when lawyers and elected judges have all conspired to put her in a coma and keep her there with dime store law degrees while also claiming 'top tier' law school comprehension just to make money off of their highly inflated ego's that venture into amoral nihilism thus degrading society at large.

I rest my case.









Anonymous said...

Apparently the Public Defender's office didn't feel like being bullied any longer. If the PD's office is so offensive and disrespectful, why aren't the other judges joining in with Weill?

Johnny Weir said...

10:19 Don't rest your case. What the heck did you just say?????? Let's pretend I have a 8th grade education (Thanks to the Jackson Public school system) and explain it to me please. Still listening.

Midnight Robot, esq. said...

10:46; The question is not "Why aren't other judges joining in". The question is "Where are the other judges' balls?"

Having the balls to stand up to this gaggle of self-important clowns has to start somewhere.

Weill has enough self respect and respect for the courtroom to demand that the venue NOT become the streets of Ferguson. Dime-store lawyers and neighborhood agitators would love nothing more than to have that happen.

Anonymous said...

The audio recordings made by the COURT REPORTER are not ordinarily a part of the record; they are simple aids for the reporter to create transcripts when necessary. Nor are pencils, pens, shorthand pads or other tools part of the "record"; however, Judge Will is perfectly in order to preserve this for any possible appellate review. The appellate judges can't rule on what isn't before them.

btw, I'm no fan of Weill, but he is 100% correct in these contempt issues. not so sure about the circumstances behind the contempt issues, but attorneys cannot be allowed to openly defy a judge. when told, you sit, shut up and then either appeal or file a complaint...

Anonymous said...

Wow a hundred dollar fine. Traffic tickets cost more than that.

Anonymous said...

I think Judge Jeff said, "you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"

Bring on the challenge. More power to you Judge.

Anonymous said...

Anyone that has practiced in front of Judge Weill has to be chuckling that all of the sudden Judge Weill wants things that go on in his courtroom recorded.

Anonymous said...

Cracks me up that people on THIS site actually criticize Judge Weill. Unbelievable.

thusbloggedanderson said...

9:32- exactly.

Anonymous said...

9:54pm
Maybe if he writes them a poem they would love Weill?

Anonymous said...

@9:23 - "...all of a sudden Judge Weill wants things that go on his courtroom recorded". I think you are a little off the mark there because the court reporter always records everything in a hearing - so the real statement here should be "all of a sudden Judge Weill wants what was recorded to be heard by the MSSC". From a legal procedural perspective, this is squarely within the Judge's discretion (but probably doesn't happen very often). So the question becomes why does he want the MSSC to hear it. Hang on to your hat PDs office - I have a feeling the freight train is coming your way.

Anonymous said...

"The court reporter always records everything in a hearing"

Where exactly do you practice law, 12:59?

Anonymous said...

I just love a hipster turn PD, vintage clothes and horn rims are so vogue.

Anonymous said...

@March 25, 2015 at 1:36 PM

Well she isn't listing to music with those headphones on.

Anonymous said...

Weill has two distinct personalities: one in open court on the record - pleasant, reasonable and careful; a second back in chambers with no court reporter - tyrannical, petulant and reckless.

been there, done that...

Anonymous said...

I agree with an earlier post that said "if the PD's office is so bad then why didn't the other Judges join Weill?"

That is because the other Judges get along fine with the PD's office. It is only Judge Weill that has issues with the PD's Office, Clerk's Office, the DA's Office and his own court staff.

Anonymous said...

@4:45 - your are so right, we definitely don't want a Judge on the bench that is "pleasant, reasonable and careful" in open court on the record! After all, that may lead to correct rulings and a practically nonexistent reversal record from the MSSC. BTW, I'm so sorry that Weill hurt your feelings in chambers.

Anonymous said...

KF, could you post the Court Reporter's transcript that was attached to the order?

Anonymous said...

12:59, when do you graduate law school and start learning how the real world of courts work?

Anonymous said...

Interesting that his Honor chose to omit any of the procedural requirements that might save this judgment from the MSSC. He found both the PD and the APD, to be in "criminal" contempt, but then failed to follow the correct procedure in so doing. He should have held them in "civil contempt", which would not have required that he notify them of their rights, provide them an opportunity to seek counsel or their own, or potentially recuse himself from the contempt proceeding. If I were representing them, I would appeal the order for contempt and request reversal on those grounds. Just my $0.02.

Anonymous said...

"Respect my authoritah!" Said judge Cartman, I mean Weill

thusbloggedanderson said...

Judge Primeaux posted a little primer on civil & criminal contempt back in 2012.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Anderson-it looks like Judge was "spot on" with direct criminal contempt. No shocker there. There is no requirement for a "hearing" as some uninformed have stated, there was no requirement for a "show cause" as some uninformed stated. Don't worry though, I expect the next volley from the Weill-whiners, will be "well her conduct was not bad enough to be contempt". If there is a transcript and a recording out there that Judge Weill has made part of the record, I think the PD can rest assured that that spin will also be shot down in flames. Maybe it's not too late for the PD to take hat in hand and say publicly "not withstanding we have some disagreements with the judge, that was no excuse for our contemptuous behavior". I know, that's a pipe dream.

Anonymous said...

Court reporters do record everything that's said in court that's a part of the official record. Often times court reporters are told to go off the record, and discussions will be held, but that doesn't mean the tape recorder was turned off. That just means that discussion was not a part of the official record. Ultimately, the written transcript is the official record. Just think about it, you've never heard anyone ask a court reporter to play a tape recording back in court. They are always asked, "Can you READ that back?" That's because the tape recording is for the court reporter's own personal use. There's no law in Mississippi that says a court reporter has to use any tape recording whatsoever. These are professionals who are trained to write verbatim without any recorder backup whatsoever. Those recordings are needed in cases where a new reporter has to transcribe another reporter's notes or if there is a discrepancy in the official written transcript. Also, a court reporter has to hear and write things the recorder can't pick up, such as people talking over each other or things said quietly or softly or just too far away from a microphone. I've learned that the court reporter is the most important person in a courtroom. She has everyone's back.

Anonymous said...

I would love to hear that audio, KF. Can you post?

Anonymous said...

@7:41 - It may be rumor, but I heard thusbloggedanderson has it and will be posting soon. It should be very revealing.

Kingfish said...

I've got it but it was late yesterday. I have five or clips to upload and it will take a little while but you will get it today.

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