I was a witness to something that was so ridiculous that it was almost laughable if it had not been so tragic and important an event. I accompanied a friend to circuit court and the judge was hearing cases of none payment of rent. He abused every property owner with a sarcastic tone, rude attitude, and plain out abusive attitude in my way of thinking. There was a lady that was trying to have a couple removed from her property that was nearly $3,000 behind in rent. The judge was rude and aggressive to her in his responses and as nice as you please to the dead beats that werent paying their rent. When she quietly and without trying to draw any undue attention to herself gathered
her purse and paperwork to return to her seat the judge sneered, Are you in a hurry? Are we keeping you from something?
This attack was totally unwarranted as she was not being disruptive or disrespectful in any way. After she left, the next case was called and those people were asked before anyone was allowed to speak if they were in a hurry, that from this point he, the judge, said he was going to ask that question so as not to bother the rest of the people in the court room. The innocent victim of all of this ridicule had already quietly left the courtroom by this point having lost the $3000 they owed her and they were still allowed to stay in her property for additional time at no charge.
The present group of people left the court room fast (I think they were scared) and so it continued. This behavior from someone that is supposed to be impartial and an unbiased judge is inexcusable. His salary is paid by the very property tax these people pay that he spent the morning degrading. Everyone is supposed to be treated fairly but in this circuit court I didnt see that happening on the morning I was there. One woman said anyone who goes in there without a lawyer is crazy. I thought that was supposed to be a persons only free shot at justice; now I know
she was right. Apparently she had been in his court before.
As election time is here, I suggest that you think about your choices. Who knows, it might be you standing before that judge being ridiculed and losing money you worked hard for one of these days.