What happens when a lawyer won’t stop talking? The Las Vegas Review-Journal tells us the answer.
Tensions began to mount during a Monday morning hearing. Zohra Bakhtary, a Las Vegas deputy public defender, had been in front of Judge Peace Conrad Hafen (Yes… Peace) for at least one day a week during the past year. Perhaps proof that familiarity does breed contempt.
Attorney Bakhartary was arguing to keep a man out of jail, who had violated probation on petit larceny charges. At some point, the judge told her to “be quiet.”
Here’s how the transcript reads:
Told by Judge Hafen to “be quiet,” she kept talking.
“Zohra,” the judge said.
“You’re making—” she said.
“Do you want to be found in contempt?” the judge asked her.
“Judge, you’re asking—” she responded.
“Now. Not another word,” the judge said.
“Judge, you’re—,” said Bakhtary, who was cut off by the judge’s order to his marshal to handcuff her: “Travis, right now. I’m tired of it. Right now.”
Hafen then sentenced Bakhtary’s client to six months in jail. He then had the attorney handcuffed. Then she sat in the jury box, alongside inmates wearing jail clothing, while the judge finished his remaining docket.
Her client, who had been arrested on theft charges, was found guilty and ordered to spend the next six months in jail on a probation violation
“And then, Travis, go ahead and un-cuff Zohra,” Hafen said. “I think she’s learned a lesson.”
Apparently, life has moved on. The attorney’s boss was interviewed by the reporter and explained, “I don’t think there’s going to be a hangover from this,” Kohn said. “She’s tenacious. It’s probably why today happened. But I don’t believe for one second that this will deter her from doing her job zealously. I know that she will continue to fight for her clients. As far as I’m concerned, it’s behind us.”
No word on how her client felt. Must have been curious to see her sitting… right there among the crowd!
And for pic o’ day, this just seemed applicable: