The judge ordered her to remove the button. She refused, defying the judge. The judge found her in contempt. Period.
The NAACP is wrong, and if Burton was white they wouldn't have a thing to do with this whole thing. They need to mind their own business.
There should have been no stay in the sentence - Burton did, knowingly and willfully, disregard and ignore the judge's order. Burton is not in charge of that courtroom - she doesn't get to make the rules.
Also, YTownParent, a cop's uniform is not a political statement. A button with the name of a political movement on it is. To claim that a cop's uniform is a political statement because the FOP endorses candidates is beyond ridiculous. What if the cop chooses not to belong to the FOP - or any other union? The uniform is the department's, not the union's. The cop is a representative of his or her department. Sorry, your analogy doesn't hold up.
July 23, 2016 at 7:49 a.m.
The appeals court was wrong for insisting the 5 day sentence be stayed. Here's why: The issue isn't one of Freedom of Speech. The issue - the reason for the 5 day sentence - is contempt of court. Judge Milich was well within his rights to insist the button not be worn in court. He'd be well within his rights to insist that a T-shirt with a political message on it not be worn in court. The point here is that Atty. Burton refused the judge's order. She openly defied him.
That's why she was found to be in contempt. That's why she should serve her 5 days and be done with it. If she weasels her way out of that sentence, as she most likely will, then why should anybody obey anything any judge orders? This is a dangerous precedent to be setting.
July 23, 2016 at 7:32 a.m.
Yep. He shot his neighbor's beloved pet, left it to die in agony, and lied about the whole incident.
And he presents himself as a man of God.
July 22, 2016 at 3:34 p.m.
Contempt of court is contempt of court. Burton should do the full 5 days Judge Milich sentenced her to, and the racist organization that wants to insert its racism into this issue needs to be told to back off, or face contempt itself. There's nothing to examine, nothing to challenge, and no gray areas whatsoever. Burton willfully ignored a judge's order, in court. That cannot be allowed to take place. If she gets away with this, why should anybody pay attention to anything any judge says?
There's a time and place for making political statements. And a time for shutting up and being a professional.
July 22, 2016 at 3:26 p.m.
Well, it's the Columbus Disgrace, er, Dispatch, so of course there are more questions than answers.
Even if it was an accident, a big deal should have been made of this. Remove the fact that it was a cop who cut his mouth on broken glass in his sandwich. Instead, how about if it was a kid? Shards of glass in one's food at a restaurant is beyond irresponsible. The public should at least be told the name of the restaurant.
July 22, 2016 at 3:18 p.m.
The civilized countries had better get together and deal with ISIS, because they seem to have declared war on the non-Muslim countries. It's only a matter of time until we have another 9/11 here in the US.
July 22, 2016 at 3:13 p.m.
I have little faith that our news media gives us the complete, unbiased story - especially on hot button topics such as white cops shooting unarmed black men. But when you see, time and again, this very thing happening, you really want to ask the cops "What the heck are you thinking??" This isn't a gang-banger with a rap sheet a mile long, who didn't think the cop had the nerve to shoot him and was wrong. This man presented zero threat. I can't imagine what the cop thought he was defending himself against. We never get the cop's side of these stories (back to what I said at the top), but I'd love to know what the cop was thinking when he fired that shot that hit Kinsey in the leg. And in what training class did he learn to shoot someone in the leg?? There's a lot here that doesn't make sense. Too bad you have to read the BBC or other foreign news source to get the whole story.
July 22, 2016 at 10:23 a.m.
GOOD! There's a time and a place for voicing your opinion, and that isn't either. Plus, openly defying the judge when he asked, then ordered her to remove the inappropriate button is clearly contempt of court. Excellent call, Judge Milich!! Now, make her serve the full 5 days. Maybe it will sink in that Atty. Burton is not in charge of the court.
July 22, 2016 at 10:11 a.m.
Does Hill even have a date for his execution? He should have been put down like the diseased animal he is, 30 years ago. It's an absolute crime that he's still alive.
July 21, 2016 at 5:21 p.m.
What is it with rich right-wingers thinking their money means they can order people to do anything - never mind the law, and never mind morals or ethics.
I hope his next job is sweeping up after the elephants in the circus. Being a Republican and all.
July 21, 2016 at 5:07 p.m.