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Postby rapturos » Sat Jul 15, 2006 1:05 am

Thanking Jesus in Court Lands Man in Jail

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/07/ ... LIG4.shtml

Excerpts from the article that made the CBS News website included below:

"HONOLULU, Jul. 14, 2006
(AP) Junior Stowers raised his hands and exclaimed, "Thank you, Jesus!" in court last month when he was acquitted by a jury of abusing his son.

But his joy was short-lived when Circuit Judge Patrick Border held him in contempt of court for the "outburst" and threw him in jail.

Stowers, 47, sat in the courtroom and a cellblock for about six hours until the judge granted him a hearing on the contempt charge and released him.

The judge at a July 7 hearing dropped the contempt charge, a petty misdemeanor that carries up to 30 days in jail.

Stowers couldn't be reached for comment. But his attorney in the contempt case, Deputy Public Defender Susan Arnett, said he wasn't treated fairly.

"I don't think there's anything about saying 'Thank you, Jesus' that rises to the level of contemptuous behavior in this case," she told The Honolulu Advertiser.

Stowers is a devoutly religious man active in his church who spontaneously expressed his thanks to the higher power in which he believed, she said.

Family members and Stowers' pastor at Assembly of God Church, Iakopo Sale, who watched from the gallery were "very upset that those words could land somebody in jail," Arnett said.

Border declined to comment but indicated the court minutes reflected his actions. The minutes showed he found Stowers' "nonverbal gestures and outbursts to be disruptive and improper regardless of content."
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Postby scrivener » Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:26 pm

Any lawyers here? I always wondered what exactly made something "contemptuous behavior" in court. The pastor obviously doesn't understand that it (probably) wasn't the defendant's words but his behavior that prompted the discipline. A certain decorum is expected in a court of law, and I don't know if praise and worship fit into that expectation!
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