Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The main Kent County courthouse has an interesting problem recently: defendants who act unexpectedly.

First there was the defendant who threw a table at the judge. Then there was the defendant who was dragged weeping from the court saying "I didn't do it."

These acts are not the norm, according to this article.

Officer Scott Nibbelink, head of security at the courthouse, says compared to behavior on the streets and in jail, defendants tend to be on their best behavior when they stand before a judge.
He says if there’s going to be trouble, the most likely spot will be among those family and friends in the gallery where emotions run high and feed off those gathered.
Nibblink said as opposed to violent criminals, trouble often comes between the separate sides in divorce proceedings in family court.

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