All Rise! Court Is In Session, The Honorable Yosemite Sam Presiding!

A Judge in North Georgia is being investigated (“allegedly, allegedly“) for pulling a gun in his own courtroom. According to the real reporters at the AJC, “Lumpkin 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,’ according to District Attorney Jeff Langley.” Always remember: guns don’t make rhetorical points, people do!

Judge David Barrett, chief judge of the Enotah Judicial Circuit, (“allegedly, allegedly“) told a witness that she was ‘killing [her] case,’ and ‘you might as well shoot your lawyer.’ He then pretended to offer her his pistol. William Shakespeare was not amused -see Henry VI Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2.

District Attorney Langley says Barrett is being investigated by the Judicial Qualifications Commission for the incident -though the JQC will neither confirm nor deny that.

Before you ask: Yes, it is legal for judges to carry guns in their courtroom. Even concealed guns. And no, it is not legal to point a gun at someone who doesn’t deserve it.

Whether or not this witness deserved it will be up to the JQC.




  1. zedsmith says:

    I was thinking “oh lol its gonna be david barrett” and then oh snap it was david barrett. I’m actually pretty surprised at this lapse in judgement.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Yosemite Sam is an honorable “get ‘er done” kinda guy.

    And any judge in Lumkin Co. should be given latitude to pull a gun out on some of the fine citizens that they deal with. Move on, nothing to see here.

  3. SallyForth says:

    I say let’s get up an outing to this guys courtroom up in Lumpkin – could be fun and very entertaining! 🙂

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