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11-12-06, 06:50 PM #1
Judge gets in trouble for announcing to courtroom that he is "locked and loaded"
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- A first-year Bay County judge was ordered to accept mentoring after bringing a loaded gun into his courtroom and announcing he was "locked and loaded."
County Judge Michael Hauversburk said he brought the handgun to court because he was frustrated that a defendant facing a felony parole violation was being tried for a separate misdemeanor charge in a courtroom with inadequate security, The News Herald reported for Sunday editions.
According to the courtroom's recording system, Hauversburk told the defense attorney he was "locked and loaded," then said: "Tell your client that the deputies have certain constraints about the rules of engagement, but I do not. If he does anything that I see as a threat to me or anybody in this courtroom, then I'm going to fire first and ask questions later."
Hauversburk told the newspaper that he overreacted. This year is Hauversburk's first on the bench.
"I got frustrated when I shouldn't have," he said.
The July 24 incident was not reported to Chief Circuit Judge William Wright until last month. Wright said Hauversburk assured him it was an isolated incident and accepted mentoring.
"He made the wrong decision," Wright said. "All new judges have a learning curve they have to go through, and it takes a while to get adapted to the system."
Judges are permitted by state law to carry concealed weapons.
11-13-06, 12:39 AM #2
Sounds like he went a little overboard there! Power trip?!Calm Like A Bomb...
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11-13-06, 10:42 AM #3
No, good for him.No one has greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends - John 15:13
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11-13-06, 05:53 PM #5
It wasn't that long ago that a guy got away from an 'inadequate security' situation in a courtroom and killed a few people. I don't see the problem with the judge's action, other than I wouldn't have warned the guy.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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