Let’s face it.
As the world wide web brings us closer to one another than ever (on a daily basis) we are coming closer to people and situations in ways that before now, were merely filtered out to us in sectors [of meticulously set times of radio and television spots].
That being the case, our preconceived notions about people, cultures, and things have lay dormant so much so that for some of us, it can be quite the culture shock to come face to face with something (or someone) who we never imagined would have the authority to judge, command, or imprison us in ways that cost/sanction our money (or time).
Take for instance, a Kentucky man named Adam Satterly earned himself 60 days in jail following a racial epithet—referring to Judge Olu Stevens an “punk a$$ ni%%er” after judgment rendered, according to a courtroom video obtained by WDRB.
On the video, the judge can be heard revoking Satterly’s bond on drug charges and the moment Satterly hit the exit door he loud and clearly yelled the racial epithet.
Immediately Stevens summons deputies to haul Satterly back into the courtroom where he asked Satterly if there was something [else] he wanted to say to him.
Satterly insisted the racial slur was directed at his brother, not the judge.
“No, no, no, I didn’t mean it like that,” pleaded Satterly.
“Oh, you didn’t mean it like that?” inquired Stevens.
“You don’t speak those words in here. And that word particularly…you don’t use that word. I’m going to give you 60 days for having used that word. I’m going to hold you in contempt right now for having done it in this courtroom. It’s disrespectful. Don’t ever do it again,” Stevens ordered.
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This incident, which was broadcast this past Monday, was Steven’s first day back on the bench after his being reprimanded by Kentucky’s chief justice for his complaining on social media that Kentucky state prosecutors favored all white juries.
Kentucky Chief Justice John Minton declined to disqualify judge Olu Stevens for the statement however, after he was ordered into private mediation and from there, Stevens took himself off the bench.
“Judge Stevens’s ensuing public discourse appears to flout the directives of the Code of Judicial Conduct, creating a social-media firestorm calculated to aggrandize himself by exploiting the deep-seated and widespread distrust of the criminal-justice system by minority communities,” Minton wrote.
All that being the case, low and behold, on Stevens’ first day back after all this a racial epithet was spewed.
Unfortunately, despite all, Stevens is still a presiding judge and Satterly got what very well should have been handed to him, given the unnecessary situation at
Reportedly, the judge had a change of heart and reduced the man’s 60 day sentence.
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