Saturday, July 2, 2011

Be Careful What You Do On Camera-You Never Know!

During the Casey Anthony murder trial the camera never sleeps, as this idiot waiter who got one of the elusive rare seats, found out the other day. This is a partial transcript of what he did, how he got caught, and how the judge felt about it.
(as reported on

"a spectator got a seat and into the courtroom and happened to be in camera view, clearly knew it and the judge said gave the one finger sign of affection, which i think you know what that means. it was not funny to the judge because it was on camera. quite frankly, it could have impacted the whole case here by affecting the jury's impartiality. a viewer watching notified a reporter in the courtroom via a twitter account of what happened in the background. that reporter notified a bailiff. a bailiff went over, whispered to the judge, they pulled the picture, looked at it and called up the 28-year-old who had been in the courtroom doing those antics and the judge was not pleased. he told him that he had jeopardized the whole case and then he gave him a very harsh judgment. he sentenced him to six days in jail, a $400 fine, $200 plus fine associated with court costs and things moved on. i guess this 28-year-old kid, a waiter at tgi fri days learned there's no goofing around. this is a murder trial."

The RAW video of the indiscretion:

Judge Perry held up a sign that was posted on the door leading into the courtroom that read "Any gesture, facial expression or audible comment showing approval or disapproval during a court proceeding is absolutely prohibited."

I'll bet he now wishes he picked his nose instead!


Anonymous said...

Is that legal? I mean, where in the Constitution does it state that I must remain emotionless in court? Even criminal suspects have the right to remain silent if they choose.

Dave said...

Is a fine for spitting on the sidewalk in the Constitution? NO!

Is getting fined for speeding in the Constitution? NO!

There is a code of conduct spectators must observe in the courtroom. The jurors are cut-off from the outside so they don't know what's going on they don't know about. By gesturing this way at the prosecutor they could interpret this to mean the defense has a stronger case than they know about and could potentially sway a guilty to a not guilty vote, or vice versa. People were physically fighting each other to get seats for viewing this trial. The rules the judge is holding are there for ALL trials so there can be strict impartiality in the courtroom.
Would you like to be on trial and innocent then have someone yell 'killer' from the gallery? I sure as hell wouldn't.

Is it legal? Yes, it is!

Is it in the Constitution? No, it isn't and shouldn't be!

Right to remain silent? This is a protection for the accused which IS in the Constitution, not for the viewer gallery!

He knew he screwed up the second they approached him. If he wanted to be a 'real man' he should have stood up and gestured, not the way he did it!

Thanks for your comment.

July 3, 2011 6:50 AM