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.