This is a transcript of a hearing held after the Defendant was found guilty of First Degree murder, but before the death penalty sentencing was held. I’ve posted this here in the Pit because of the nasty language, but I couldn’t stop laughing while reading this transcript. This is one guy who just doesn’t get it, or maybe he gets it too well. Enjoy.
THE COURT: Be seated please. Show we’re in open court without the jury being present. The defendant is here with his counsel… . . .
THE DEFENDANT: Yeah, why the fuck am I here.
THE COURT: The [prosecutor] is here.
THE DEFENDANT: You stupid fuckin’ piece of shit
THE COURT: [Defendant], I understand you’re upset . . .
THE COURT: The jury is going to observe you, they’re going to assess you…
THE DEFENDANT: Then I’ll tell the jury off, too, you dumb fucker.
**THE COURT:**You’ve got lots of things going for you as far as the death penalty is…
THE DEFENDANT: I haven’t got shit going for me. I got life in prison or death penalty.
THE COURT: Well, there’s always the possibility on this life in prison that they could change the law, which they’ve done in the past.
THE DEFENDANT: I don’t give a shit
THE COURT: There is a possibility they would give you a pardon at some point in the future. About the worst thing that could happen to anybody would be given the death sentence, to be judged by your fellow man as being unfit to live in society. Thats about the worst thing…
THE DEFENDANT: Yeah. Whoopee!!
THE COURT: You listen to what I’m saying to you, young man.
THE DEFENDANT: I aint listening to shit, motherfucker
THE COURT: OK. You’re 23 years old. You have…
THE DEFENDANT: I’m 22. Get it right, you dumbass.
THE COURT: OK, You’re 22 years old. You make a nice appearance You’re intelligent. These are things the jury is going to consider.
THE DEFENDANT: No they ain’t
THE COURT: You’ve got nine women…
**THE DEFENDANT:**They didn’t consider it before.
THE COURT: You’ve got nine women and three men on this jury. And when you clean up, you’re an all-American looking boy. There’s no reason why you don’t have a chance to get …
**THE DEFENDANT:**Oh, life in prison?
THE COURT: to avoid the death penalty. That’s the last thing you want is the death penalty…
THE DEFENDANT: Then you want me to spend the rest of my life in a little cage? I don’t think so.
THE COURT: Well, as I mentioned at the outset, you’re going to cook your own goose here.
THE COURT: And cut your own throat, in substance, by what you’re doing and what you’re trying to do here and whay you propose to do in front of this jury. Because if you act out…
THE DEFENDANT: I’m going to act up. I’ll guarantee you.
THE COURT: The jury is going to see that.
**THE DEFENDANT:**Oh, no, they might give me life in prison or a death penalty. Whoopee!!
THE COURT: Listen to what I’m saying to you, young man
THE DEFENDANT: Fuck you. I don’t have to listen to what you’re saying.
THE COURT: The jury considers subjective things too, like your acting out, using foul language and destroying things in the courtroom…
THE DEFENDANT: Fuck you.
THE COURT: If you proceed to be foulmouthed and disrespectful person, that something you’ll have to live with…
THE DEFENDANT: Damn Right!
THE COURT: And that will become a part of this case, whether you want it to or not.
**THE DEFENDANT:**I don’t give a shit.
THE COURT: And for the record, you can, or course, by acting out, you can be found guilty of contempt and punished for contempt regardless of what happens in these cases. There’s always the chance of appeal. This case is an automatic appeal…
**THE DEFENDANT:**I’m going to get life in prison and you’re going to put a contempt on top of it. Ohohohoho (laughter)!
THE COURT: Well, I’m telling you there could be an appeal in these cases.
THE DEFENDANT: That’s bullshit.
THE COURT: Listen to what I’m saying
**THE DEFENDANT:**No, I’m not listening to shit. I didnt’ want to come over here. If I wanted to listen to an asshole, I’d go take a shit.
THE COURT: OK. There’s always a chance this case would get reversed on …
THE DEFENDANT: Well, Bullshit.
THE COURT: And there would be a new trial, and this issue of contempt comes up. You can be punished for contempt.
THE DEFENDANT: Oh NO!!
THE COURT: Under the due process clause of the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, you can be punished by contempt by your open defiance of this court and by your name-calling of this court. That’s a possible punishment that can be imposed over and above…
THE DEFENDANT: And what do I get for contempt?
THE COURT: What?
THE DEFENDANT: What do I get for contempt?
THE COURT: You can be sentenced to jail on…
**THE DEFENDANT:**Oh No! I can go to jail? I’ve been in jail now for 10 months, you stupid motherfucker.
THE COURT: I’m just telling you what the circumstances are. OK, at this time we’ll take a recess and give you a chance to talk to your attorneys.
THE DEFENDANT: Oh!
THE COURT: And they’ll we’ll reconvene as soon as your conference with your attorneys has concluded.
THE DEFENDANT: Then I’ll come back and tell you off again, you stupid motherfucker.