Giving a judge a penis-shaped chocolate may be “tasteless and inappropriate,” but it doesn’t make for an unfair trial, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday.
Marcus Wellons, now 57, was convicted of the 1989 rape and strangling murder of 15-year-old India Roberts and sentenced to death in 1993.
In 2010, however, the Supreme Court ordered a review panel to take another look at the case after Wellon’s lawyer, Mary Elizabeth Wells, argued that her client could not have received a fair trial because the judge and bailiff received gifts of erotically shaped chocolate from jurors.
Superior Court Judge Mary Staley received a piece of white chocolate shaped like a penis from juror Mary Jo Hooper, while bailiff Loretta Perry was reportedly gifted a breast-shaped chocolate from a juror who has yet to come forward.
Wells maintained that the bawdy nature of the gifts indicated that the jury was not taking the murder trial seriously. [source-read the rest on Huff Po]
Just because the jury is sitting back eating chocolate dicks all the live long day, does not mean they aren’t taking the case seriously…..i suppose….i guess. I don’t know.
I know that if I was the judge and someone gave ME dick-shaped treats which i’m supposed to put in my mouth, i’m gonna take that as an insult to the fact that you are trying to tell me to eat a dick or something. If not than maybe you are telling me to suck a dick? Get these nuts? Whatever you are trying to say, I think i would have more than enough cause to jump over that bench and bust you in your monkey-ass head with a gavel.
Keep your phallic-shaped candies to your damn self or be held in contempt of court.