[VIDEO] Lawyer Tries to Invoke Michael Brown and Eric Garner for Leniency, And Judge Loses It

[VIDEO] Lawyer Tries to Invoke Michael Brown and Eric Garner for Leniency, And Judge Loses It

A Broward County judge lost his cool after a public defender argued that his African-American client ran from the cops because he was scared he would be a victim of police brutality. The old school dressing down cuts right to the chase, and this is one judge that is taking no bull:


Twenty-six-year-old Steven Clarke fled after allegedly shooting at an officer, and was later found hiding under a boat dock wearing a firearms holster.

“Your honor, in light of what’s happening in this country with unarmed black men being killed by police, him running from shots being fired is a very reasonable response,” public defender Dale Miller argued in front of Judge John “Jay” Hurley.

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“Don’t give me that,” Hurley hollered at Miller. “That is so off base.”

As Miller attempted to argue his case, Hurley cut him off, chastising the public defender.

“We’ve got a young man, I don’t care what color he is, he’s in a neighborhood he doesn’t live in at 1:41 in the morning, hiding under somebody’s dock in the water with a holster on after a police officer had a shot taken at him,” Hurley said, recounting Steven Clarke’s arrest.

“Don’t hand me this, ‘running from police brutality,’…That is not appropriate in this case. I’m not going to let you poison this case with bringing in something that has nothing to do with it,” he said.

The only thing that sucks here is that the judge apologized. What the heck? As if there is anything to apologize for. This young man was not in any of the same circumstance that Garner or Brown were in. “Unarmed” black man, my foot. The police had a shot taken at them and he was found wearing a holster. 1 + 1 still equals 2, Counselor. No one with half a brain believes for a moment that your client was unarmed. Good luck trying that case, though. You’ll need it with that ‘defense’.

Written by Katie McGuire. Follow Katie on Twitter @GopKatie


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