Judge Qiana Lillard didn’t just sit by and allow a family to laugh at the victim’s family in a DUI case. The family of the defendant laughed as Amanda Kosal admitted that she was drunk when she struck an SUV head-on, killing one person and severely injuring another.
Judge Lillard said, “Whoever can sit here at a tragic moment like this and laugh and smile when somebody has lost a family member ... in the entire time that Mr. Zirker’s sister was speaking, that clown -- and that’s what I am going to call him, a clown -- was sitting there smiling and laughing.”
“This is a court of law, and these are very serious matters,” she explained to Kosal’s family. “I understand you all are very upset because your loved one is going to prison -- but guess what? She’s going to prison for the choices that she made. These people are here grieving, saddened because a senseless act took away their loved one, and you’re sitting here acting like it’s a joke?”
Once the mother of the defendant arrived back in the courtroom, the judge had this to say, “Your disruptive and disrespectful behavior disrupted today’s proceedings and you, ma’am, are going to the Wayne County Jail for 93 days.”
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