Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens was not about to stand for it when a man shouted a racial slur at him.
Stevens had just revoked the bond for Adam Satterly on drug charges on Monday when deputies were taking him into custody, and Satterly decided to shout out some parting words: “Punk a– ni–er.”
Stevens, who could hear the shouting while Satterly was out in the hallway, had the deputies bring Satterly back into the courtroom.
“Is there something that you wish to say to me?”
Satterly, whose attorney had left by this time, tried to play it off and say that he was shouting at his brother: “No, no, no, I didn’t mean it like that.”
“Oh, you didn’t mean it like that?” Stevens shot back. He told Satterly that he would be holding him in contempt of court for his language.
“You don’t speak those words in here. And that word particularly, you don’t use that word. I’m going to give you 60 days for having used that word. I’m going to hold you in contempt right now for having used it in this courtroom. It’s disrespectful; don’t ever do it again,” Stevens.
Stevens is the same judge who recently made headlines claiming that top prosecutor Tom Wine wanted “all white” juries; he dismissed juries for their racial makeup, prompting controversy. He was also in the news recently for criticizing a white couple who claimed that their 5-year-old daughter was still scared of black men after being held at gunpoint.
“I’m offended by that. I’m deeply offended by that. That they would be victimized by an individual, and then express some kind of fear of all black men,” Stevens said at the time. “I wonder if the perpetrator had been white, would they be in fear of white men? The answer would probably be ‘no’.”
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