It appears that expressions of affection cannot simply cost you a high school diploma, it can get you thrown in jail. Baltimore Circuit Judge Alfred Nance is known for having a temper in his courtroom and he appeared to have lost both his temper and his judgment when he ordered the jailing of Tamika Clevenger for throwing a kiss and saying “I love you” to her brother.
After a public defender objected to his abusive order, Nance rescinded his order.
Nance has been repeatedly accused of rude and bullying conduct, including demeaning statements to women in his courtroom.
When Clevenger, 24, said “I love you” to her brother, Nance responded “I love you, too. Ten days, Baltimore City Detention Center. Take her. Don’t bring that stuff in my house. Period.” He added “Ma’am, your talking is over.” He also told another woman wearing a strapless top: “Young lady, step in the hall. The beach is three blocks down and to the right. It’s not in this courtroom.”
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