Cleveland, Ohio attorney Anthony Baker was handed a “Bart Simpson-esque dose of punishment” by Common Pleas Judge Nancy Fuerst. Baker threw a tantrum and stormed out of the courtroom during jury instructions on the final day of a trial. He was defending a former Cleveland police officer accused of assaulting his wife.
Baker disagreed with the Judge’s ruling and decided to stage a protest. The Judge called defense-counsel’s behavior reprehensible and found Baker in contempt. She not only fined Baker $500.00, but further ordered him sit in open court and hand-write the following sentences 25 times:
- I will not engage in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice or in any other conduct that adversely reflects on my fitness to practice law
- I shall not engage in conduct intended to disrupt a tribunal or engage in undignified or discourteous conduct that is degrading to a tribunal.
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