Broward Judge Goes Off on Defendant for Profanity in Court

Kevin Banning, 46, was in bond court Thursday on cocaine possession charges.

A fed-up Broward judge went off on a defendant in bond court Thursday, after the man told prosecutors not to "bring that s--t up" from his long list of prior cocaine charges.

"You have a pottymouth in this courtroom. You should be ashamed of yourself — especially with your criminal record, you should be ashamed of yourself," Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley said.

"You've got the gall to use profanity like you're disgusted that we're reading off your criminal record. Well, you've got some chutzpah, you've got some real chutzpah!" Hurley finished, capping a tirade against 46-year-old Kevin Banning, who appeared before him on cocaine and drug paraphernalia possession charges.

The state prosecutor had first read several prior charges from Banning's record, dating back to the 1990s, among them 13 counts of cocaine possession as well as marijuana possession, lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim under 12 years of age and DUI. Prosecutors also said Banning currently has another open cocaine case.

"Don't bring that s--t up. That was a long time ago," Banning said, interrupting as the prosecutor read the charges.

Judge Hurley responded by saying, "Oh, I'm sorry, are we offending you, sir?"

He went on to say Banning seemed like a hardened criminal who's lived a life of crime.

"Reading off someone's criminal record when they're in criminal court again — you know, if it hurts his feelings, I'm sorry, sir," Hurley said. "You keep breaking the law, so I'm sorry if we offend you by reading your criminal record."

Once the prosecutor finished reading the charges, Banning's defense attorney explained that his client's molestation charge had been reduced to child abuse.

"It's not you, Mr. Connor," Hurley responded. "The man standing next to you is rude, he's profane, and he lacks respect for the court. Now I don't care if he has respect for me, I'm just a man in a robe, but he should have more respect for a court room instead of using that profane language."

Banning is being held on $7,600 bond.

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