Foul mouthed suspect verbally assaults judge


by Adam Walser

Posted on November 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 9 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Drama inside a Jefferson County courtroom lands a Louisville woman behind bars.

Cameras were rolling in Judge David Bowles' courtroom when the woman went on a profanity-laced tirade.

The suspect was being served with a warrant for allegedly assaulting another woman.

When the judge told her she would have to go to jail, she answered back with 20 vulgar words in less than a minute.

A trip to district court is rarely a good day for anybody, but for 29-year-old Brenda Hammond, accused of menacing and harassment, a court appearance Thursday could not have gone much worse.

“You exited the vehicle and verbally confronted her, then punched her. You were attending a court hearing for an EPO,” read Judge David Bowles from a warrant.

“Why would I bother her when they dismissed my brother's case? That's some (expletive),” said Hammond. “I've got all these kids at home for real. And everybody can just say something and lie. And you just get in trouble for (expletive).  I 've got too many (expletive) kids. I should have beat the (expletive) out of her. That's what the (expletive)  I should have did . I’m (expletive) because of my background. “

Thursday's incident is part of a growing trend in disruptive and even violent behavior in Jefferson County Courts.

A man had to be tazed in 2009 after trying to attack a prosecutor, knocking over a table in the process.

Back in May, a man attacked his neighbor with a stick he smuggled through court security.

And last year, Judge Katie King held several unruly people in contempt.

“You guys were laughing and giggling back there,” Judge King said to the people disrupting her courtroom.

She eventually had those who refused to leave her courtroom charged with misdemeanors.

Judge Bowles, who is not allowed to comment on the case, since it's pending in his courtroom, handled Hammond sternly, but with amazing restraint.

Judge: Miss Hammond?
Hammond: What?
Judge: The court finds you in contempt of court.
Hammond: I don't care. I don't give a (expletive).
Judge: And I'm going to sentence you to 30 days
Hammond: I don't give a (expletive)
Judge: in the Jefferson County Jail
Hammond: I don't give a (expletive). How bout that?
Judge: for contempt
Hammond: I don't give a (expletive)
Judge: you can take her back.
Hammond: Cause it's (expletive)  that (expletive)  gonna lie. And Y'all are gonna (expletive) lock me up. ya'll are wrong for that (expletive).

Hammond will be spending Thanksgiving in jail, since her scheduled release date for the contempt charge is December 8.