10 MOST SHOCKING Court Moments CAUGHT ON TAPE
The courtroom may be one of the worst melting pots of emotion, often mixing the impassioned sense of justice, primal rage, and heartbreaking sorrow. From this brew comes the worst of insane tirades, physical outbursts, and moments of raw emotion, detailed in this installment of the ten most insane courtroom moments caught on camera.
Michael Marin's Final Sentencing
As a lawyer and Wall Street trader, Michael James Marin enjoyed success. After purchasing a 10,000-square-foot mansion in 2008, Marin attempted to sell it for profit in 2009 via a lottery, but once the lottery was deemed illegal, he implemented plan B. The day after the lottery was to take place, Marin called 911 to report that the mansion was on fire and, during the follow-up investigation, all blame for the fire pointed back to him. In May of 2012, hearings started for his arson charges and, after hearing the guilty verdict, Marin ingested a cyanide capsule he had snuck into the courtroom. Moments later, he was convulsing on the floor, dying from his own lethal ingestion.
T.J. Lane's Sentencing
In February of 2012, T.J. Lane made headlines by opening fire in a Chardon, OH school cafeteria, killing three students. Throughout the trial, Lane proved that he was pretty proud of himself and his actions and showed no remorse, but it was during his sentencing that his blasé attitude truly shined through. Wearing a plain white shirt with the word “killer” scribed on the front, Lane used his last words before his sentence was delivered to gouge open the wounds of the victims’ families. As spectators reeled from the heartless words, Judge David Fuhry condemned Lane to three life sentences without the possibility of parole.
Michael Madison's Smile
To smile while a father tearfully testifies on the torture and murder of his daughter is nothing short of pure evil. As Van Terry addressed defendant Michael Madison, who was responsible for the death and mutilation of Van Terry’s daughter, Shirellda and two other victims, Shetisha Sheeley and Angela Deskins. the cold-blooded killer smirked. Catching the sly smile, Van Terry reacted as any grieving father should – by lunging at the grinning killer. In the chaos that ensued, the two were removed from the courtroom, but when the trial resumed, Madison was sentenced to death.
Keison Wilkins' Heart Attack?
Ah, the ‘ole “I’m having a heart attack” defense! Then 33-year-old Keison Wilkins had decided to represent himself during his retrial for a 2004 assault, felony weapon possession, and for discharging a weapon in a habitat. The trial was a circus, to say the least, but the icing on the cake of justice unfolded while Wilkins was cross-examining a deputy. Realizing that his case was tanking, Wilkins proceeded to fake a heart attack. Judge Mary Katherine Huffman kept it cool despite having been dealing with Wilkins’ disruptive behavior, chided him for his fool-hearted attempt to cause a mistrial, and eventually sentenced him to 42 years.
The Hollingsworth Fracas
A might displeased with his court-appointed lawyer, defendant Wendell Hollingsworth, who was facing the gavel for robbing churches across Columbus, OH in 1992, showed his disdain during his day in court in 2007. Once wheeled up to his attorney, Hollingsworth kicked him but was immediately subdued by nearby deputies. In the melee, defense attorney J. Scott Weisman cut his hand and one deputy was accidentally tasered. Hollingsworth returned to the courtroom later, this time restrained with a “spit shield” cover his mouth. For his unholy escapade, dubbed a “reign of terror” by Judge Julie M. Lynch, the feisty criminal received 93 years.
The Courtroom Mixtape
If all else fails, try to woo them, right? At his sentencing for wrongful imprisonment and carrying a concealed weapon, 21-year-old Brian Earl Taylor pulled all the stops when he opted to use his time for a statement to sing to the courtroom. Taylor showed off his musical and lyrical prowess, using Adele as his inspiration, to apologize to the judge, his mother, and the victim. In a strange twist, Judge Darlene O’Brien was so moved by the rendition that she threw the charges out… Naw, we’re kidding. He was found guilty and sentenced to up to 15 years for the unlawful imprisonment and two years for the concealed weapon.
Butts and Cunningham Joint Sentencing
Considering the heinous crime that Erica Mae Butts and Shanita Latrice Cunningham committed in 2009, the life terms they each received sounds fitting. Of course, the defendants, who were found guilty of the wrongful death of 3-year-old Serenity Richardson, didn’t take the news too well. Circuit Judge Deadra Jefferson took no pity on Butts and Cunningham, who both collapsed to the floor at the reading of their sentence. Following their off-camera collapse, a loud shrill filled the courtroom, a cry for mercy underserved for the two killers. As the two were wheeled out, catatonic, Butts’ mother was physically removed for her hysterics.
Michael Gaines' Potty Mouth
We have to question the tactic being employed by Michael Gaines as he slung obscenity after obscenity at District Judge Rebecca Pilshaw of Kansas during his sentencing. The HIV-positive defendant was convicted of battery after spitting on two sheriff’s deputies at the Sedgwick County Jail, but if his R-rated rant indicates anything, Gaines feels there’s a bit of injustice on hand. After calmly expressing himself, Gaines was removed from the courtroom – of course ensuring he threw in a few final words - and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.
May 1st, 1776
To most, it’s a random day in the late-18th century, but for people like Titus Nathan Colbert, it’s a momentous date. During his court appearance for firing a weapon at San Diego police officers in Bankers Hill, Colbert showed his devotion to the Illuminati and the New World Order by repeatedly shouting the date May 1st, 1776, the date the Bavarian Illuminati was allegedly formed. Prior to standing before the judge, Colbert can be seen mouthing the word “Illuminati,” but once it came time to hear his sentence, he became vocally disruptive before being removed from the courtroom.
Nicole Babb Bares All
There’s no telling what could happen in a court, and though this moment of weirdness occurred in a bond court, it’s well worth mentioning! While waiting in line to discuss the nature of her appearance with the Miami-Dade County judge, a woman identified as Nicole Babb decided the humidity was just too much to handle. Undoing what looked like a make-shift hospital gown, Babb disrobed and proceeded to get down on all fours in front of her onlookers. The court’s bailiffs weren’t really the quickest to respond, but they did eventually get her dressed before escorting her away.