Last week, the internet blew up over a defendant in Clark County who was able to rush the judge and leap over the bench to attack the judge presiding over the case.
Most of us were stunned that the bailiffs even allowed the man to get into that position, let alone get over the desk.
Judge Judy Sheindlin, famous for her TV court show, was astonished that the defendant was not shot.
One of the main duties of bailiffs in the courtroom is to keep the judge safe, specifically in instances such as this when there is someone violent before the judge.
Judge Judy was speaking with “E! News” discussing the recent incident of Deobra Redden being able to get over the bench to attack the judge.
She stated that she was “actually shocked that this defendant managed to get as far as he did without somebody shooting him.”
Judge Judy continued, “I dealt in the family court with some issues that are at least as profound as being jail sentenced — terminating parental rights, abuse of children — and there is always that risk that somebody will act out and you just have to hope that you have support staff that will get there before they get to you.”
In the case to which Judge Judy referred, Clark County District Court Judge Mary Kay Holthus was presiding over the case where Redden was facing a felony battery charge.
When the judge started to issue her sentence, you could hear the defendant upset in the background, cursing at the judge, and then he suddenly launched himself over the desk.
The judge incurred minor injuries in the assault and sentenced Redden to four years for the original attack.
Now he is also facing attempted murder, a criminal complaint states, and is also charged with battery on a protected person, officer battery, battery by a prisoner, public officer intimidation, extortion, and other offenses related to the January 3 assault on Judge Holthus.
That man will be lucky if he ever sees the light of day again.