Courtroom shenanigans can occasionally get out of hand, but when they involve someone like a Deputy Attorney General, as a recent incident in a Californian court happened to then you have to be asking just where courtroom etiquette begins and good manners ends.
The incident involved a bailiff who allegedly assaulted Deputy Attorney General Jennie Kelly during a recess. The incident occurred to to the Deputy Attorney General’s “unprofessional” conduct, although no charges have been offered against either the bailiff or Ms Kelly.
Raw Story reports that while arguing against a wrongful termination lawsuit on October 20, Kelly reportedly became angry when the plaintiff’s attorney, Timothy Magill, asked a state witness whether she had met with Kelly prior to her testimony in order to cast doubt on her credibility. It was then that Superior Court Judge Barry LaBarbera called for a morning recess, the judge and jury left the courtroom as Kelly began berating Magill for his tactics.
In the beginning of the video, Kelly can be seen shouting at Magill across the mostly empty courtroom. Instead of attempting to defuse the situation, a bailiff approaches the deputy attorney general and appears to ask her to leave before grabbing Kelly’s wrists. As Kelly attempts to pull her hands back, the bailiff tackles her to the ground slamming her head against a metal rail.
Before calling for backup, the bailiff continues to hold down Kelly while pointing a finger and seeming to threaten another female attorney. At least six deputies immediately can be seen on the surveillance video restraining the nonviolent deputy attorney general while placing her in handcuffs. A military veteran with 21 years of legal experience, Kelly was escorted out of the courtroom and arrested for resisting a police officer.
It would appear that the public purse does not necessarily extend to prosecuting those guilty of bad behavior in court. At least not in California.