Court Cam: Most DRAMATIC Moments Of All Time | A&ENov 12, 2021
Now we are in the El Paso County Courthouse in El Paso, Texas, okay, take your seats, the record must reflect the state's attorneys, the defendant's attorneys, the defendants are present in the
courtroom, the man who See here he is 41 years old, Daniel. Villegas accused of killing two teenagers in 1993 when he was only 16 years old. At the
time, without a lawyer or his parents present, Villegas says he was forced by an El Paso detective to confess to the murders despite recanting the confession hours later. It became a key piece of evidence for the prosecution
courtroom. the court has received a message from the jury indicating that they have reached a verdict vegas has been tried three separate
times for this crime and has maintained his innocence throughout his first trial in 1994 which ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury a new Trial in 1995 ended with a conviction for capital murder and Viegas was sentenced to life in prison after spending 18 years in prison.
That verdict was overturned in 2013 due to ineffective assistance of counsel. Viegas was released in January 2014 and has remained on bail. While awaiting a third trial during that time he was the father of two children, although the prosecution continued to insist on his guilt, there was no DNA, no firearm, nor was any forensic evidence presented linking Viegas to the shooting, if the defendant stands standing in a few
moments. We will find out whether he returns home to his family or spends the rest of his life in prison in el paso county district court, texas 409th judicial district, the state of texas versus daniel villegas number 94 0d093 verdict form b us, the jury, we find the defendant daniel villegas is not guilty for the first time since he was 16 years old 25 years ago daniel villegas is a free man mr. villegas has been under many conditions in this court he is no longer under any conditions in this court he is free of good luck we now head to cleveland ohio to the cuyanhoga county court of common pleas for the sentencing of convicted serial killer michael madison madison has been convicted of three counts of aggravated murder for the murder and mutilation of three young women in ohio as part of the audience van terry, the father of one of madison's victims, takes to the podiums to make a victim impact statement.
Mr. Terry is now just a few feet away from the man who so brutally took the life of his daughter Shirelda. Right now he's looking directly at madison, oh so. terry is released without charge a short time later county judge nancy mcdonald hands down madison's sentence michael madison is sentenced to death and will now live on ohio's death row we begin things in russell and wayne county family court in kentucky for a hearing on a domestic violence order filed by a husband against his ex-wife you and the defendant or were married in the past and have children together correct and the statements you made and your petition were true and correct At that point, are you willing to make those statements a part? from his brief testimony here today and are you asking the court to issue an order preventing the defendant from any contact with you?
I have taken your statements in your petition as part of your testimony, but I need you to tell me briefly in your own words. What happened to make you apply for a domestic violence order? Yeah, Sean, things have been escalating, I guess since the beginning of the year, and Melissa had a couple of arrests and a couple of arrests and she got out of jail, I guess, in April and it started she started we really hadn't had anything personal up to that point she got out of jail in April and said my personal life your business john has nothing to do with miss Hardwick you will serve 10 days for contemporary court go now get everything she hands me back after spending al
mostfive months in jail melissa hardwick pleads guilty to intimidating a participant in a legal proceeding she avoids further jail time by accepting a court-ordered rehabilitation or diversion program five years emergency protective order will remain in effect no-contact location no , I'm not, I'm not in the way, okay, raise your right hand, I want to swear on you, I'm not under oath right now, that's your bad figure, I didn't realize I was going to do it. threaten me like you did the other day was always threatened with my foreigner the other day I'm not under oath this is being done unconstitutionally you all took my children unjustly you want to allow my witnesses to be here you want to allow my paperwork you took all my court paperwork no we have started the trauma it doesn't matter yet tonight you want to take my children away from me and act like that you win that court bring the camera back he is making this up so that said um number one I need to know whether or not you want to be here during the trial process.
Not well. Do you want to testify? No. I doubt that all of this is being done unconstitutionally and unfairly. Do you want to be in the room or not? I'd prefer. No, sir, well, you have a mouth for that, no, do you want to be here or not? Who wants to sit here? Are you taking your children? This is a conflict of interest, all rights. I was supposed to rape him. Can I get some more? Next we headed to the James Foxman Justice Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. Alright, come on, the woman taking the oath is 18 years old.
Kiandria Cook Cook is in court today to be sentenced for using a dating app to organize a robbery that ended. With another team being shot, the teen who survived, Cook accepted a plea deal that will drop a conspiracy charge that carried a maximum penalty of life in prison, but charges of carjacking, attempted carjacking with a deadly weapon and serious assault are still in play. Upstairs, Miss Cook, you can say the last words. I just want to say I'm sorry for the queen mother because her son was shot because he didn't even know he was a communication like my boyfriend and her friends' boy trained me to do.
This guy didn't even know what was going on until he was in the wrong place for a long time. I just want to say that I actually have a second chance to be able to go out and finish school and I could make my mom proud because I want to. She will be the first child of hers to bring home from high school. Cook now prepares to hear her sentencing as her loved ones watch Ms. Cook here in court to sentence a couple of things that go in her favor: You did not hold the firearm during these episodes. .
The second is that the victim fortunately survived. That said, this was intentional, this was an orchestrated ambush and you are a major part of that and that's why I'm going to go ahead and find you guilty on all three charges. He sends it to 20 years. at the state prison the crying you hear comes from Cook's mother the sentence much harsher than they expected turns out Cook and his mother's reactions were so intense because they believed the plea deal meant no prison time. Judge Foxman allows him to enter into a new plea agreement citing lack of communication between Cook and the assistant public defender.
As a result of that new agreement, Cook's sentence is reduced to 11 years in prison on charges of assault and resisting you. has the power where public defender andrew weinstock and his client appear before judge john murphy whose voice you hear public criminal defender what do you want to do if they file the complaint that they have I'm not saying hello well what do you want to do what do you want to do I'm not waiting do you want to set your trial set up because trial judge murphy wants the defendant to waive his right to a speedy trial because the court schedules supported weinstock not budging and tensions are rising if i had a rock i would throw it at you right now stop getting mad, just sit down I'll take care of it I don't need your help no I'm not the public defender I have a right to be here and I have a right to I said sit down if you want to fight let's go out back and I You'll both head to the hallway behind the courtroom, out of the view of the court cameras, believe it or not, they get into a physical altercation until Judge Murphy returns to the courtroom alone.
I'll catch my breath eventually, man I'm an old man, once Judge Murphy catches his breath he moves on to the rest of the hearings without Weinstock. Present your options considering that there will likely be a change in personnel. We are scheduling it for trial on June 9th or if you would like to say hello quickly we would set it up. by july 15 i would like to do it as quickly as possible that doesn't help me the incident is under investigation by the florida judicial qualifications commission which accused judge john murphy of threatening to commit violence against an assistant public defender who was involved in a physical altercation of counsel and resuming their docket while the defendants were without counsel the case finally reaches the florida supreme court which orders the immediate suspension and permanent removal of judge murphy from office we are in the lewis county courthouse in chehalis washington in the courtroom of judge r.w buzzard who just finished some business with the four defendants on the right this is tanner jacobson who is charged with reckless driving and driving with a suspended license this is cody howard who is charged with robbery in the second degree first degree traffic and third degree stolen property driving with a suspended license and two warrants for failure to appear in court neither of them feel like staying with the judge Buzzard springs into action and is on the move keep in mind that the two fugitives are handcuffed and wearing prison sandals a witness points the judge in the right direction just as he does This bright orange clue here they have reached the third floor staircase and now the second, just one floor away of freedom, but Judge Buzzard is gaining some ground, especially with the one who lost his sandal.
The judge attacks the straggling defendant just outside the two officers catch up with him
momentslater and take him back to a cell the other defendants picked up just a few blocks away. Both had second-degree escape added to their charges. What were these two thinking? I'm glad you asked. We were sitting there on the bench together and he says I'm going to run I said what am I doing what did I just do I have to keep going now there's nothing I can't stop right here there's nothing I can do now I'm screwed I just walk like four blocks and then I stop as if I stopped by myself.
I wonder what I'm doing now. It was just a split-second decision. I don't even know why I did it. Like it was out of control. Here, if I didn't rant, I didn't try to escape to get out, I tried to escape to get better and I tried to do what I could, you know, do what I could do to get my drug addiction back. Now we head to Jackson Michigan. to the 4th circuit court there is a personal protection violation hearing against this man, Jacob Larson, the defendants accused of sending unwanted advances via Facebook messages to this woman sitting here, a former acquaintance from school secondary, this incident is a violation of a restraining order against Jacob, they were like last time. year, how many of this is the second time the judge questions the defendant about his contact with the plaintiff?
In fact, the same judge had issued the defendant's original ppo four months. It's like this kind of fatal attraction earlier that I warned you about last time. The time I told you to leave her alone, she was a classmate of yours and apparently has no interest in her. I want you to tell me. You know what I told you: leave her alone and apparently that didn't come across loud and clear, so today. you will go to jail for three days and the next time you rape him you will go to jail you and she have a bad attitude you had a bad attitude the last time you were a flower okay, you are our friend friend everyone gets along 45 days in the county jail 93 days in county jail want to go for a year or try right now one more word one more word from you it will be one year one county on facebook for violations of my ppo and you led the courtroom 93 the judge clearly agitated by the defiant defendant is sending him to jail.
I have never been threatened. Get up, yes, friend, get up. You're going to jail for a year in the county. 365 days in county jail, appealing. It will be good, put your hand behind your back now I will leave you alone tell me to leave you alone tell me right now put your hands behind your back put your hands behind the pad right now the judge now intervenes to help subdue the defendant larsen sentenced to 93 days in county jail i can't say stand up and raise your right hand to take the oath please stand up next we head to miami-dade bail court in miami florida the one who sleeps there, you too can wake up. the back row where judge mindy glasser is supervising the bail hearings i have some announcements i'm going to appoint the public defender to represent all of the defendants unless you tell me he has the money to pay for a private attorney orIf you are hiring a private attorney and one is here as well, please let me know if they have served in the United States military or in any of the reserves.
Good morning, over the next few hours you will see dozens of people accused of you being arrested for second degree murder as they come in. I'm in the military, your honor, it is and get out quickly, Mr. Booth, how are you? How are you? Good man. Arthur Booth, 49, is a career criminal charged with robbery, grand larceny, fleeing and resisting arrest. He actually has three arrest affidavits. property damage from driving leaving the scene of the accident with serious injuries no serious injuries sorry, no serious injuries okay after questioning judge glasser explains the terms of his bond the bond on count one is 7500 the judge notices something familiar Regarding this defendant Mr.
Booth, I have a question for you. Did you go to Nautilus since high school? Oh my God, my God, I'm sorry to see you there. I always wondered what happened to him, sir, my God, this is the nicest kid in high school. Oh my god, he was the best kid in high school. I used to play soccer with him all the kids and look. What's happened, the surprise reunion between the two old high school buddies is al
mosttoo much for Booth to handle. Oh my goodness, once a promising student Booth fell into drug and gambling addictions that led to a life of petty crime that resulted in multiple prison stays. oh my goodness, good luck to you sir, I hope you can come out of this okay and just live a legal life.
The meeting concludes somberly when Glazer sets bail at $43,000. Okay, oh my god, oh my god, Booth gets sent to prison. for 10 months and then released into a drug treatment program this is the arraignment of spencer allen boston, 20, in a traffic stop two months earlier boston received citations for speeding and simple possession of marijuana while Walking to the podium, Judge Haywood Berries informed that Boston has a special request, I spoke with Mr. Dawson, he said he wants to represent himself in this case. I told him today that if he was guilty, he was no different that day than he responded.
I just want to plead my case in court, so he didn't do it. Don't talk to me, yes sir, I think the law on marijuana here is very unfair. I think we the people deserve better because marijuana is a very harmless drug and has been around for years since the 80's and 90's. I've heard that nonsense my whole life. life, so don't go on with it, yes sir, I don't know what is good or bad, all I know is that he still has it against the law. I have sworn to uphold the law and I have no telephone laws as a judge.
It's probably unfair but I can't change it, you have to go see the legislature to get that change, yes sir, and if you have the opportunity, quickly get back to the matter at hand now, if you want you can, but if we want a judgment, we can give you a judgment on the status of the officer, which is Officer Vincent. Officer Vincent Warfix. If we can do. I will find him and then make another statement while the judge works with court employees to schedule a trial date. Boston decides to take action as he pulls out what appears to be a joint that no one seems to notice until, surprisingly, it lights up and this time it is immediately noticeable, but the court officer immediately takes it away and Judge Barry has the final say, slapping to Boston. one count of disorderly conduct and one count of possession we are at the frank murphy courtroom in detroit michigan for the sentencing of 25 year old amanda casal there are many things you can do and your life doesn't have to be over because to a bad choice, you just have to accept responsibility for it and find a way to make something positive out of a very negative situation.
Casal has been found guilty of driving under the influence, which caused a head-on collision that killed one-year-old Jerome. zerker and seriously injured his fiancée, brittany johnson, 31, the couple has five children together before sentencing, court will hear powerful impact statement from the victim's children read by her sister doreen zerker, amanda, watch What you did to my life, you ruined everything. like my father's life, Amanda seems devastated by Doreen's words, but Judge Kiana Lillard apparently hears some giggles from the Casaus family sitting in the gallery. Anyone who can sit here in a tragic moment like this and laugh and smile when someone has lost a family can also go. member, this is the court of law, you can't come into frank murphy's courtroom and act any way you want, that's the defendant's mother, danica sur, because if you don't know how to act, you can go to jail, lady.
They are arresting her for criminal contempt. Her disruptive and disrespectful behavior disrupted today's proceedings and you, ma'am, will go to the Wayne County Jail for 93 days for direct criminal contempt. Someone else wants to go try while Casal is taken to the county. Jail Judge Lillard offers a stern reminder of that courtroom etiquette. These are very serious matters and I understand that everyone is upset that their loved one is going to prison, but guess what they are going to prison for for the decisions they made after the orders were restored? Casal is sentenced, the sentence of this court will be that he will serve three to 15 years in the Michigan department of corrections if nothing else concludes this matter.
Casale only serves three years and is then released on parole in February 2020. As for Amanda, Mother Donna spends the night in jail and appears before Judge Lillard the next morning Donna seems to have learned a serious lesson from just one night behind bars is there anything you would like to do because I deeply apologize for what I did? a lot of stress, didn't I apologize profusely for what I did in your court? I just needed to get out and it's been really hard for me sharon I know for the other family and I'm so sorry but what I did and I know.
It was wrong and I apologize, things must be carried out with decency and order, people cannot miss court by acting like fools. I know people watch a lot of shows on TV where they see different things happening in imaginary courtrooms that give people a sense of reality, but this is real life here and we just can't let people behave like this, it cannot be tolerated, so I will give you a modification of your sentence for direct criminal contempt from 93 days to one day with credit for time served. and you should be released today god bless you thank you and I apologize very only and for the other family donna serves one day thank you and is released thank you for being a fan of Court Cam subscribe to an e to never miss a new video and watch full episodes on aetv.com
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