August 3, 2019
Last month, Michael Duhon was being sentenced in a Louisiana court after having being convicted of theft and money laundering. During the hearing, Duhon kept objecting to evidence and making arguments better left to his attorney. After he refused Judge Marilyn Castle’s order to stop interrupting, Judge Castle ordered a bailiff to tape Duhon’s mouth shut.
Public Defender Michael Gregory, who happened to be in the courtroom but was not involved in the Duhon matter, then whipped out his cell phone and began to video the kerfuffle.
What did Judge Castle do? She found Gregory in contempt, fined him $100, and banned him from bringing his cellphone to court for six months.
Gregory plans on appealing.