Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
Poster’s Note: Today’s will be my last set of posts for a couple of weeks. Suzanne and I will be traveling to her family’s homeland for a pint and song or two. I’ll try to send JT a picture from Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day. Erin Go Braugh !
The usual skills of judgeship like prudence, patience, neutrality, and gravitas pale sometimes to good tackling form. His honor Judge Marks Moore,60, learned that fact the hard way immediately following a jury trial in his London courtroom.
Seems criminal defendant, Paul Reid, was none too enamored of the jury’s verdict and seized the opportunity to leap across the clerk’s bench and head straight to the Judge’s door. Undaunted, Judge Moore, still sporting his black robes and wig of office, grabbed the now fleeing felon around the neck sending both of them crashing down the steps. Breaking away, the 34-year-old Reid managed to scramble to an exterior door and likely freedom, but our “Butkus of the Bench” was having none of it. Tackling the recently convicted sex-offender from behind, Moore pinned him until not-so-fleet-footed police arrived. For his part, Reid said he was not fleeing justice — just working on his broken field running no doubt.
~Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger