Usually, when in court, people tend to be on their best behavior.
Adam Satterly, whose bond on drug charges was revoked Monday, apparently didn’t get the memo and earned himself an additional 60 days in jail for being in contempt of court, according to WDRB.
Satterly didn’t take it well when Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens revoked his bond. In a video, Satterly was heard shouting “Punk-ass n—ger” as he was escorted out of the courtroom. A visibly upset Stevens asked sheriff’s deputies to bring Satterly back into the courtroom.
“Is there something that you wish to say to me?” Stevens asked Satterly.
“No, no, no, I didn’t mean it like that,” the video shows Satterly responding, and adding that he had been referring to his brother, not the judge.
Stevens, however, wasn’t having it.
“Oh, you didn’t mean it like that?” Stevens replied. “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 used it in this courtroom. It’s disrespectful; don’t ever do it again.”
“This is how the new year starts,” Stevens said.
The judge Tuesday reduced the sentence to time served after Satterly apologized.
According to the news station, this was not the first time matters of race played a central role in Stevens’ courtroom. Stevens, who is black, had not been hearing cases, amid an ongoing investigation by the Judicial Conduct Commission, after being called out by Kentucky’s chief justice, John Minton, over his comments that Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine wanted “all white” juries.
Stevens was also heavily criticized for comments made to victims of an armed robbery, accusing them of “fostering” the views of their 5-year-old daughter, who, they claimed, was scared of black men after two black men held the family at gunpoint.
“I’m offended by that. I’m deeply offended by that. That they would be victimized by an individual, and then express some kind of fear of all black men,” Stevens said, WDRB reports. “I wonder if the perpetrator had been white, would they be in fear of white men? The answer would probably be ‘No.’”
Monday was Stevens’ first day back on the bench since Minton denied a request to disqualify him from criminal cases. Minton did, however, criticize Stevens’ comments regarding Wine before referring that request to the Judicial Conduct Commission for possible future disciplinary action, the news station reports.
Read more at WDRB.