Judge loses temper at divorce hearing in West Virginia
Legal panel weighs in on the case
- Duration 6:12
- Date Jul 3, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on the case
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Kelly -- back -- session on the docket today a war of words in a divorce case with the explosive outbursts coming from the judge.
Who went after the preacher has been seen sitting here on screen left and then refused to recuse himself from deciding the case.
Judge William Watkins the third ranting against the reverend Arthur Hague.
-- who's having a bitter divorce and his wife -- over their the other table.
Of leaking a picture of the judge's home to his new -- blog because apparently this man doesn't get along with the judge.
The judges tirade so loud it was hard for the courtroom cameras to even capture listen here.
It's bad bad bad.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Up -- that judges accused of abusive conduct and could be facing big fines.
And -- suspension without pay.
Joining me now Joey Jackson former prosecutor now defense attorney and Mercedes Cohen -- is a Fox News legal analyst.
Hey you don't routers all others see Vienna and that tell you -- -- -- -- you know what happens occasionally but you know clearly had a meltdown and it does the current.
-- he was wrong and of course the reverend was wrong I'm not saying that this a two wrongs make a right I'm saying that -- make everyone understand what we all know what that is what you -- as humans we have bad days than at a tipping point.
I would only hope that his that his conduct is evaluated on balance not just what he did on this day when clearly he perhaps that over the bounds but little does he deserve to lousy job over it absolutely not look at all the good that he -- you know conceivably -- as a judge to commit.
-- -- I got a New Orleans and -- -- All right you know the thing -- Mercedes he was upset and if this man indeed didn't -- his own a whole lot of he had paid his homeowner's association dues according to the defendant.
Any in the judge suspected the defendant of leaking that's the local paper -- wife is at home she's disabled the judge is not happy that this.
He's home -- vandalized and so on and so forth but does that justifies the judge saying things lights.
Number two sound byte number two -- sent back.
Please understand that I -- -- But I don't personally see to -- you never -- in three days -- off.
You understand that you're going Jerry -- -- golf.
-- up left it on guard -- then.
-- saying you're never gonna see another -- -- as long as you live you'll be locked up forever you are done I mean you get the I mean it's unbelievable well -- -- I'm -- be administrative judge is saying get this guy off the bench and I might.
We start pulling those transcripts on the the other cases because -- -- that he exhibited.
May have been -- been done and other cases and his complete.
-- out of control but the thing is -- by the latest ready -- the guys in jail map because of what he did to the judge but because apparently he violated some protective order that was in place in the divorce proceeding -- -- What happened to this judge because I am being told now that he cannot be removed.
From the bench because of the West Virginia -- Yes well a couple of things the first -- like this say five appeared before Mercedes when she was a judge before and he never spoke to me in this way he say that off and this candy -- But look -- the -- is that likely then don't have the love you don't think they'll be proceedings against him as their removal proceeding as a result of the code that you -- no not at all however there could be as you mentioned the loss of -- they could be some types of suspension but in terms of his removal I don't think it's warranted at all I mean look this is one out -- should reevaluate someone on a -- of their life but should we take the whole picture of who they are.
Yeah that was it was several outbursts over the course of at least fifteen minutes of -- -- the defendant says he's got another.
This happened -- the second time in court Mercedes he -- the judge came out -- -- you're supposed to have the appearance.
In these cases you're supposed to not be favoring one side or the other.
I mean he was giving the -- everything she wanted in that particular proceeding.
And that he would probably and they did admit I did it he's got a personal problem with the defendant -- this out but.
Well his personal.
It is personal you threaten my family.
And I -- you not -- the end for me.
How does the judge not have to recuse himself from deciding the case it's just used -- Someone got to take given the mental health I mean seriously if you think you're so biased in this situation up court -- accused yourself I'm surprised that given that he didn't jump up and they recoup some of Iran during the Brady's gonna -- -- -- -- hey I could just another part of -- -- -- I recuse myself and -- says I don't know about the slot.
Look at -- mitigation here and look at what's happening you haven't disabled wife -- at home as a result of this -- conduct the home has been vandalized the wife is scared to -- this is a reverend who of course -- violated a -- -- don't tell the mental illness of his wife this is outrageous conduct on the part of the -- by the judge by what the giant now make -- -- You can contact we don't out of the house is vandalized as a result of what the right exactly but Mercedes when the judges this ticked off at somebody even if this guy did all these bad things to the judge.
Is the remedy not for the judge to step down reassign the case is somebody else and -- any civil or criminal remedies he may have against the defendant.
You've got contempt of court he.
He should be brought up on charges for contempt of court the reverend with an a couple of days in the -- and they edit it really doesn't let sitting there and -- when I gotta gotta forget it.
That would be -- perfect.