Judge Barrett went all Dirty Harry in...

Judge Barrett went all Dirty Harry in the Lumpkin County Courthouse!

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Jefferson, GA

#1 Feb 25, 2012
I SAW THIS IN ANOTHER TOWN'S TOPIX'S SO I JUST COPIED IT FOR OUR TOWN! I checked it out and the AJC STUFF IS ACCURATE. WELL NOW FOR YOUR READING ENJOYMENT!!! I was reading the State news in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Online [it's free] today. I was shocked to see an article ENTITLED "Judge Brandishes Gun In Court".It detailed how Enotah Circuit Head Judge David E. Barrett pulled his pistol out from under his robe Wed. while on the Lumpkin Co. court bench and came down off the bench and offered it to a client to "SHOOT HER ATTORNEY". D.A. Jeff Langley had to calm him down and make him put the gun down, as he was waving it about. HE HAS TO GO.
Here it Is

Martin, GA

#2 Feb 25, 2012
umpkin County Superior Court Judge David E. Barrett pulled out his pistol Wednesday not in anger, but out of frustration and to make "a poor rhetorical point," District Attorney Jeff Langley said Saturday. Langley, who was in the courtroom when it happened, said the Judicial Qualifications Commission has launched an investigation of the judge.

"It was totally inappropriate conduct for a courtroom," Langley said. The district attorney said that he approached the bench after Barrett pulled out his gun and told the judge to put his pistol away. The judge did so and the hearing continued, Langley said.

Barrett, chief judge of the Enotah Judicial Circuit, did not immediately respond to emails or to phone calls left at his office Saturday. Under Georgia law, judges are allowed to carry a concealed weapon on the bench, but it is a crime to point a pistol at another person when there is no justification to do so.

Jeff Davis, director of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, said Saturday he could neither confirm nor deny whether the judicial watchdog agency was investigating Barrett.

The bizarre conduct occurred Wednesday during a bond hearing and a request for a temporary protective order against Scott Sugarman, a former Hall County sheriff's deputy who was recently arrested on a number of charges, including rape and aggravated assault with a handgun. Sugarman has pleaded not guilty.

The woman who filed the charges against Sugarman was on the witness stand and had testified Sugarman had abused her and, on one occasion, had put a gun to her head. During the latter part of her testimony, the woman was not being cooperative, Langley said.

Barrett told the woman she was "killing her case" and pulled out his gun and, feigning to offer it to her, said, "You might as well shoot your lawyer," Langley said.

At that point, Langley said, he approached the bench and told the judge to put the gun away.

The woman's lawyer, Andrea Conarro of Dahlonega, on Saturday described the scene, as Barrett swept the pistol across the courtroom, "as one of those slow motion kind of events."

"Later, as it sunk in, I was upset, and I felt like a tragedy had been created," she said, adding that by "tragedy" she meant what could happen to Barrett because of what he did.

Both Conarro and Langley said the woman, whose name is being withheld because The Atlanta Journal-Constitution does not disclose the names of victims of alleged sexual assault, did not appear to be traumatized.

"My client thought it was a test, that he was trying to see how she would respond, like it was a credibility determination," Conarro said.

Said Langley, "When it happened, I objected and sought to take control of the situation and terminate that conduct immediately."
UC Voter

Homer, GA

#3 Feb 25, 2012
Hilarious! This is stuff movies are made of.
my view

Warner Robins, GA

#4 Feb 25, 2012
All the elected officials need to go in this town. They are totally out of control.
He ck

Warner Robins, GA

#5 Feb 25, 2012
Pretty bad when you need courthouse security for protection from a judge.

Judges should be treated no different then the everyday citizen, they too lose control.

From what is written in these forums Barrett's been out of control.
He ck

Warner Robins, GA

#6 Feb 25, 2012
How do you think our award winning Normie will write this in the NGN this week?

Should be interesting.
Peter

Homer, GA

#7 Feb 25, 2012
"In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence ... in time every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties ... Work is accomplished by those employees who have not yet reached their level of incompetence."
my view wrote:
All the elected officials need to go in this town. They are totally out of control.

Since: Apr 11

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#8 Feb 25, 2012
Well, I've heard of the "Hangin' Judge", but this one is really off the wall. He's nuts!
UC Voter

Homer, GA

#9 Feb 25, 2012
We need more judges like this than the liberal let-em-go on probation judges. I'm still backing Judge Barrett. What a hoot! What, you TOPIX people don't have a sense of humor. I love this judge! He ain't goin' no where.
BoDiddly

Toledo, OH

#10 Feb 25, 2012
I'm missing the funny part of this one. This judge waved a loaded pistol at a courtroom full of people and offered it to someone to shoot their lawyer.
If anyone besides a judge had done that, they would have been arrested for aggravated assault with a firearm.
I guess if you're a judge you can just do what you want.

Since: Apr 11

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#11 Feb 25, 2012
Reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon is a felony in GA. Is that humorous enough?
Ezie Thair

United States

#12 Feb 25, 2012
Enough of David E. Barrett's abusive treatment of women who have the grave misfortune to appear before him as litigants, court reporters, and counsel. He, as the self-appointed president of the He-Man Woman Haters Club has got to go. Waving a gun at a woman who seeks the protection of the Court - after having a gun held to her head- IS NOT FUNNY! Get him JQC.
Kill The Nutjobs

Douglas, GA

#13 Feb 25, 2012
Go ahead, punk. Make my day.
nowthatsfunny

Jefferson, GA

#14 Feb 25, 2012
Kill The Nutjobs wrote:
Go ahead, punk. Make my day.
omg I can't stop laughing at topix tonight.
Sean

Maysville, GA

#15 Feb 26, 2012
UC Voter wrote:
We need more judges like this than the liberal let-em-go on probation judges. I'm still backing Judge Barrett. What a hoot! What, you TOPIX people don't have a sense of humor. I love this judge! He ain't goin' no where.
With idiots like you and Lamar paris , your are right , he aint going anywherre .
Sean

Maysville, GA

#16 Feb 26, 2012
Where were those bright BALLIFFS ?
He ck

Dawsonville, GA

#17 Feb 26, 2012
Ole Hang Em High Barrett should be given a little bit of his own justice.
it is about time

Paonia, CO

#18 Feb 26, 2012
Enough said, I had hoped eventually, rational people would begin to see this man's true colors.

Since: Jan 12

Jefferson, GA

#19 Feb 26, 2012
it is about time wrote:
Enough said, I had hoped eventually, rational people would begin to see this man's true colors.
For the last year I have looked for justice in Union county and havn't found it. Maybe the AJC will finally bring to light the corruption of this county.
hmmm

Sacramento, CA

#20 Feb 26, 2012
If I pulled out a gun in court could I continue the hearing?

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