Originally posted by 8749:
This isn't right. This is why I am studying to become a Judge, I would have let Chad free. It was a mistake on Chad's part but honestly he may have not even intended to be funny... but even if he was, the Judge should have just swallowed her pride and moved on. Shameful, but at the same time I understand her position as a female.
Chad Johnson felt it was a more relaxed atmosphere when the judge said, "You have a very good attorney, you should be thankful." The judge obviously knows the attorney, Chad thought it was basically over at that point. He was being himself, he would have done that in private, and I doubt he wanted the room to break out laughing.
The judge didn't want him to just walk away into the sunset after the whole room started laughing, she wanted to maintain a reputation for herself, she didn't want to seem like her courtroom was a circus.
The people who were laughing were pretty stupid also, they should know that you aren't supposed to laugh in a courtroom, especially based upon the actions of a defendant or plaintiff. The judge could have censured them as well.
This is what happens when you have a room full of stupid people (except for Chad's attorney).