A race-baiting lawyer got a brutal dose of reality last week when she refused to remove her Black Lives Matter pin in court.
WKBN-TV reported that Andrea Burton was removed from a courtroom in Youngstown, Ohio by Municipal Court Judge Robert Milich after she refused to take off the pin. According to Conservative Tribune, Burton was found to be in contempt of court and was sentenced to five days in jail, but the prison time is on hold pending an appeal. Burton will be able to dodge jail if no other politically motivated pins or other statements show up on her clothing in the courtroom.
Milich defended his actions, saying that he was simply trying to keep opinions from seeping into the courtroom and having inappropriate influence.
“A judge doesn’t support either side,” he said. “A judge is objective and tries to make sure everyone has an opportunity to have a fair hearing, and it was a situation where it was just in violation of the law.”
The judge went on to cite a Supreme Court case that decided that judges basically have carte blanche about allowing political statements in their courtrooms.
“The judge has the right in any circumstance that they think that some issue or matter will be disruptive to the court or a distraction to the court, they can ask that individual to remove that object,” legal analyst Matt Mangino said.
Unsurprisingly, the NAACP has already gotten involved and is trying to see if Burton’s constitutional rights have been violated.
“No one wearing an American flag button, no one wearing a crucifix or a Star of David would be removed, so why this particular statement bothered him so much is bothersome,” community activist Kim Akins said.
Milich isn’t having any of this argument, however.
“There’s a difference between a flag, a pin from your church or the Eagles and having a pin that’s on a political issue,” Milich said.
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