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Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:40 AM

Georgia judge loses it over vulgar courtroom exchange

A Superior Court judge in Rome last week completely lost it on the bench during a hearing in which a murder defendant shouted repeated obscenities at the judge and then threatened to kill members of the judge’s family.

A transcript of the hearing shows how an attempt by defendant Denver Fenton Allen to get a different public defender devolved into heated and nasty exchanges with Judge Bryant Durham Jr. At one point, Durham told Allen that he “looked like a queer” and even challenged him to masturbate in front of him in the courtroom.

The judge, while provoked in the extreme, made comments that could land him in trouble with the state judicial ethics agency. He not only exchanged vulgarities with Allen, he also said it was his “guess” that he’d find Allen guilty and that Allen would find out “how nasty I really am.”

Durham would not comment on the incident because the case against Allen is still pending, his office said. Durham, a former private attorney, was appointed to the bench more than a dozen years ago by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Read more: http://legal.blog.ajc.com/2016/06/23/georgia-judge-loses-it-over-vulgar-courtroom-exchange/?ref=cbTopWidget

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TexasTowelie Aug 2016 OP
SheriffBob Aug 2016 #1
riversedge Aug 2016 #2
kevink077 Aug 2016 #3
Xipe Totec Aug 2016 #4
gopiscrap Aug 2016 #5
GoDawgs Aug 2016 #6
47of74 Oct 2016 #7
TexasTowelie Oct 2016 #8
47of74 Oct 2016 #9
47of74 Apr 2017 #10

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 07:48 AM

1. ah,

the defendant was just joking and being sarcastic.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 08:25 AM

2. judges have been killed. I do not know if I could

have held my temper if a nasty person such as him threatened my family.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 08:30 AM

3. Judges cannot do this

They are supposed to have the temperament to be above this type of stuff. This judge failed that test and must withdraw from this case (at a minimum)

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Response to kevink077 (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 09:25 AM

4. I'm sure that's what the defender was going for. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 13, 2016, 12:20 PM

5. well it worked

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sun Aug 14, 2016, 12:11 AM

6. Is Exhibatory Masturbation a viable legal strategy?

Maybe i'll try that next time....

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Oct 7, 2016, 12:20 AM

7. How the fuck did I miss this?

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #7)

Fri Oct 7, 2016, 01:10 AM

8. That is a special kind of special, isn't it?

The reenactment had me rolling.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 7, 2016, 11:16 AM

9. Conventional wisdom would hold you....

...never, never, never, never, never, never say those two special words to a judge for any reason whatsoever.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Thu Apr 13, 2017, 06:52 PM

10. Update: Mr. Allen has been declared unfit to stand trial

Denver Fenton Allen is not fit to stand trial according to another judge;

A murder defendant, who previously provoked a judge into a vulgar, obscenity-laden exchange, was temporarily declared unfit to stand trail Tuesday, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

Floyd County Superior Court Judge Billy Sparks signed an order Tuesday stating that a recent report by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Heath and Developmental Disabilities concluded that Allen is not fit for trial at this time, the News-Tribune reported.

Allen is expected to be transferred to a state facility where he can again be evaluated.

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