This isn’t normally what is meant when a judge “bangs the hammer”…
North Georgia judge stunned a courtroom after he pulled out a gun during a rape case to criticise a witness for not being cooperative.
Judge David Barrett told the female witness she was ‘killing her case’ and that she might as well shoot her lawyer.
As he made the statement he pretended to offer her his handgun before prosecutor Jeff Langley told him the gesture was inappropriate.
The dramatic moment came as Superior Court Judge Barrett presided over a bond hearing for a Sheriff’s deputy accused of rape and assault.
A female victim who had accused the police officer of the assault was giving evidence as she sought a restraining order against her alleged attacker.
But during her testimony to the court, the woman, who has not been named because she is a victim of an alleged sex attack, became evasive.
The judge told the woman she was ‘killing her case’ and pulled out his gun, feigning to offer it to her, saying, ‘You might as well shoot your lawyer.’
For those that are wondering…
Judges are allowed to carry concealed weapons in a courtroom for their own protection but the law does not allow them to point the gun at another person unless they fear their life is in danger.
Yet and still, what the hell was this guy thinking about?!?! SMDH
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