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Fri Nov 8, 2019, 03:38 PM

She slammed a courtroom door on her way out.

She slammed a courtroom door on her way out.
A Virginia Beach, VA, judge sentenced her to 10 days in jail.


Sonnia Gaston came to Virginia Beach’s courthouse on Wednesday to testify in support of her boyfriend. Instead, she ended up in jail.

Gaston’s boyfriend, Tyrese Lavell McEachern, had been called to court for violating his probation on a felony theft conviction by testing positive for drugs, according to testimony. He had also yelled and cursed at his probation officer over the phone before hanging up. Circuit Judge Stephen Mahan seemed particularly offended with how the 20-year-old had treated his probation officer. He sentenced McEachern to 90 days in jail.

After McEachern was led away, Gaston and another witness stormed out of the courtroom. That didn’t sit well with the judge. Gaston slammed one of the double wooden doors on her way out. Once she and the other witness were in the hallway, someone yelled. Around the same time, a shout could be heard from the lockup area next to the courtroom where McEachern had been taken. A short time later, Gaston returned to the courtroom to pick up a binder that had been left behind.

That’s when Mahan called her to the defense table to explain her behavior. “I was mad,” the 18-year-old said, offering no apology for her actions. Mahan found her in contempt of court and sent her to jail — for 10 days. Gaston briefly started to protest before being quietly led away in handcuffs.

https://www.pilotonline.com/news/crime/vp-nw-slammed-courtroom-door-20191107-6fgpkrib3zg5lch5yxrop6s7ua-story.html

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Reply She slammed a courtroom door on her way out. (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Friday OP
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nini Friday #11
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Response to Chin music (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 03:48 PM

2. Not everything on DU has to be about Washington

Some even post recipes in the cooking section.

Some folks like to read the non-Washington posts.

Some like a diversion.

Some like to read something different.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 06:13 PM

5. That's ridiculous.

Seems to me the Judge is a bit of a snowflake or just got some $$ for the stint.

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Response to chowder66 (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 07:38 PM

6. Sorry, but I don't agree

The judge is preserving norms and civility, so often forgotten in the age of Trump.

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Response to canetoad (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:03 PM

8. Really? 10 days? Maybe overnight! nt

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Response to USALiberal (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:12 PM

9. Yeah, ten days is wicked excessive, but I am OK with the contempt charge.

I've been in court once, and the first thing my attorney told me was DO NOT PISS OFF THE JUDGE!

That said, ten days is insane - but a night would be fine with me.

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Response to canetoad (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 02:05 AM

15. Ten days for that????? Are you serious? nt

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Response to canetoad (Reply #6)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 09:22 AM

20. Agree n/t.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 08:59 PM

7. I have zero issues with this nt

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Response to Celerity (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:17 PM

10. Eh, ten days for slamming a door is a little overboard IMO

I absolutely agree it was disrespectful and foolish, and deserving of a contempt charge (you don't get to storm out and slam the door on a judge, even Rapeanaugh), but now she's out a week of work and maybe childcare. A day in would teach her exactly the same lesson as a week. Fitting the crime and all that.

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Response to sir pball (Reply #10)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:15 AM

12. did you witness the event?

I wasn't there, so I do not know if the reporting accurately portrays the event. A judge should control the court room.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 12:29 AM

13. Not arguing that whatsoever

But most people get less than ten days on contempt even for cursing out a judge - I'm pretty sure if she did anything other than slam the door, the record would show as such, and the court isn't reporting otherwise (yes, I do have faith in court records). It's not a bad charge, just a bad punishment IMO.

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Response to Hermit-The-Prog (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 02:07 AM

16. Don't care, people get upset because they are human. 10 days is simply too much period. nt

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Response to Quixote1818 (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 02:12 AM

17. judges get upset, too ...

I wasn't there; the judge might be over-reacting or be justified. For all I know, this may keep this young person from future, more serious interactions with the judiciary.

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Response to Quixote1818 (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 02:41 AM

18. 10 days is too much, contempt is fine.

You simply Do Not slam the courtroom door. Yes, ten days is way overkill, but a night in jail would be fine by me.

How would you feel if Ghouliani slammed the door on a judge?

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Response to Quixote1818 (Reply #16)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 09:24 AM

21. Or they are asses. N/t.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Nov 8, 2019, 09:21 PM

11. I hope they don't reproduce

That's the least they can do for society.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 02:02 AM

14. Good.

Serves her right.

I doubt she’ll have to serve the whole ten days, but perhaps she has learned a lessons she should have learned years ago.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 09:20 AM

19. i bet an apology to the judge would go a long ways towards reducing her sentence.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Nov 9, 2019, 09:25 AM

22. 10 days seems excessive

I could see a fine. More than likely the 18 year old didn't know what she was doing. Maybe a threat of jail time with a one time warning would have been more appropriate.

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