5 Times judges acted like real assholes
We're all expected to obey the law. If we don't, we have to pay an arbitrary institution tons of money, or worse, end up behind bars for an extended period of time. Most of us escape this reality not because of the threat of prison time, but because many people are just inherently good inside, they don't fall into a criminal category because they're living decent lives. They don't stray from that.
But there are those society puts in place to enforce laws. Actual humans. Fallible humans. And you know what, sometimes they can be pretty fucked up, too.
-Utah Judge Thomas Low recently came under fire for holding back tears on the bench as he was forced to hand down sentencing to Keith Vallejo, a former bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whom Low called “an extraordinarily good man” — a man just convicted of first-degree felony rape and 10 second-degree felonies of forcible sexual abuse. A victim of his unsurprisingly had to sit through the sickening display of bro-ness.
-Luzerne County Juvenile Court Judge Mark Ciavarella quickly became a thing of infamy after it was revealed he accepted kickbacks (to the tune of over $1 million) from prisons for sending kids to unnecessary terms. The dickhead went on to testify that he did in fact take the money but his only crime was not claiming it on his tax returns. He was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to 28 years.
-Former Texas family law judge William Adams was drug through the mud by his own daughter when she released a YouTube video of him whooping the bejesus out of her in 2011 with a belt — simply because she used the Internet. The video, as it should, went viral with tens of millions of views worldwide bringing focus onto his repetitive behavior. He in turn lost his bid for reelection and is now doing god knows what with his life. She's older and over it.
-Samuel B. Kent, a former U.S. District Court judge in Texas, was sent to prison after two victims of his came forward with reports of sexual abuse lasting years. He was eventually kicked off the bench and sentenced to 33 months in prison — a place he later deemed "cruel punishment" because of his necessary hold in solitary confinement.
-Warren County Common Pleas Judge James Heath offed himself less than a day after he was arrested for a DUI — for the second time in seven months. Sources close to the judge say that he was under a lot of stress due to ongoing marital problems and a frightening bout with cancer. Regardless, after his first arrest for operating a vehicle while impaired (which was later reduced to reckless driving), he chose to continue his bad behavior, resulting in the second arrest.