It is not unusual to hear of litigants who leave the courthouse upset at the results of their court hearing. In criminal court I have heard in-custody accused swear at their presiding judge as they shuffle out of the courtroom. The judges mostly don’t respond, they ignore the outburst. Other judges reply with a quip such as “Another satisfied customer!”
Roy Conger Jr. of Illinois was mightily upset when his application to reduce or terminate child support was dismissed by a family court judge. Conger argued he had lost his employment and could not afford payments totaling $13,000 every year. He complained he was bankrupt and could not even pay his mortgage payments of $1000 per month.
But the judge wasn’t buying it and refused to reduce the child support, finding that he was entirely to blame for the loss of his job. This was the second unsuccessful application in a month that Conger brought for child support relief.
Conger was mad and vowed to get even. His revenge? In the early morning hours he attempted to back his 18-wheeler rig into the courthouse entrance. When the police arrived they saw the huge truck stuck on the courthouse steps and no sign of a driver.
Conger later turned himself into the police where he was charged with damaging government property and held on bail of $25,000. Can you say “anger management classes”?
“When anger arises, think of the consequences.” Confucius
Lawdiva aka Georgialee Lang