Stephen Hall Clarke was arrested for armed burglary, conspiracy and resisting arrest. On this morning, he faced off against Broward County (FL) Judge John “Jay” Hurley. Clarke’s arrest occurred after a bullet shattered the windshield of the Fort Lauderdale undercover police sergeant’s unmarked patrol car and grazed his head while he was following a suspicious vehicle.
Clarke’s lawyer tried to implement the #BlackLivesMatter defense of the environment his client grew up in, being afraid of cops, yadda, yadda, yadda, but the judge on this day wasn’t having it.
“We’ve got a young man, I don’t care what color he is, he’s in a neighborhood he doesn’t live in at 1:41 in the morning, hiding under somebody’s dock in the water with a holster on after a police officer had a shot taken at him,” Hurley said, referring to Clarke’s arrest.
“Your honor, in light of what’s happening in this country with unarmed black men being killed by police, him running from shots being fired is a very reasonable response,” public defender Dale Miller said to Judge Hurley.
“Don’t hand me that,” Hurley said, clearly irritated. “That is so off base.”
“Don’t hand me this, ‘running from police brutality [argument],’” the Judge continued. “That is not appropriate in this case. I’m not going to let you poison this case with bringing in something that has nothing to do with it.”
Judge Hurley then apologized again to the Lawyer after taking a break by saying the outburst was nothing personal.
“I just want to apologize,” Hurley said. “I got a little worked up there but I just want to be clear that we stick to the facts of the case and we don’t go off on tangents.”
“I have a way of drawing that out of people, your honor,” said Miller.
It’s nice to see a lawyer admitting he’s good at pissing people off. Watch the exchange here:
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H/T – NewsInc