Judge Faith – Football Feud (Season 1: Episode #117)


ANNOUNCER: TODAY ON “JUDGE FAITH,” UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT HAPPENS BOTH ON AND OFF THE FIELD, BUT DID SOMEONE PLAY HERO TO NO END ZONE? JASON: HE PUNCHED ME IN MY RIGHT EYE, AT WHICH POINT I WAS PRETTY DAZED. HE STILL KEPT COMING AT ME. I TRIED PUSHING HIM OFF OF ME, GETTING HIM OFF OF ME. QUENTIN: THIS JUST GETS BETTER. USING HAND SIGNALS, THE ONE-FINGER SALUTE TO THE HUSBAND WEARING THE JERSEY. JASON: NOT TRUE AT ALL. QUENTIN: SHE KEPT COVERING THE BABY’S HEAD EVERY TIME HE MADE A MOVE. JUDGE: DEMONSTRATE FOR ME HOW YOU HIT HIM. QUENTIN: THAT. JUDGE: YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT WOMAN AND HER CHILD? WHAT IF THE BRAWL THAT THE TWO OF YOU HAD SPILLED OVER AND HURT THAT CHILD? [APPLAUSE] ANNOUNCER: FAITH JENKINS. HER DISTINGUISHED LEGAL CAREER BEGAN WHEN SHE GRADUATED FIRST IN HER LAW SCHOOL CLASS. SHE QUICKLY BECAME A TOUGH NEW YORK CITY PROSECUTOR AND THEN A PREEMINENT LEGAL ANALYST ON CABLE NEWS, AND NOW SHE’S THE JUDGE IN HER OWN COURTROOM. HER CASES ARE REAL, AND HER RULINGS ARE FINAL. SHE IS JUDGE FAITH. PLAINTIFF JASON INGRAM SAYS HE WAS AT A FOOTBALL GAME WHEN THE DEFENDANT STARTED SWEARING AND THEN PUNCHED HIM FOR NO REASON. HE’S SUING FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES AND ATTORNEY FEES. HE’S ACCOMPANIED IN COURT TODAY BY FRIEND GENELLE GAHR. DEFENDANT QUENTIN THORNTON SAYS HE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO STEP IN WHEN THE PLAINTIFF WAS DRUNK AND FALLING OVER A NEARBY WOMAN, WHO WAS HOLDING A BABY. HE IS JOINED IN COURT BY DAUGHTER SHANNON THORNTON. BARBARA: REMAIN SEATED AND COME TO ORDER. COURT IS NOW IN SESSION. THE HONORABLE JUDGE FAITH JENKINS PRESIDING. YOUR HONOR, THIS IS CASE WE HAVE INGRAM VS. THORNTON. JUDGE: THANK YOU, BARBARA. BARBARA: MM-HMM. JUDGE: JASON INGRAM, YOU ARE SUING THE DEFENDANT, QUENTIN THORNTON, FOR $3,395 FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES AND ATTORNEYS’ FEES? JASON: THAT IS CORRECT. JUDGE: I UNDERSTAND THAT THE TWO OF YOU HAD A FIGHT AT A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL GAME IN ARIZONA, AND YOU HAVE VERY DIFFERENT FACTS AS TO HOW THIS OCCURRED. SO I WILL START WITH YOU, MR. INGRAM. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED. JASON: WELL, I WOULDN’T QUITE CALL IT A FIGHT. IT WAS MORE OF AN ATTACK FROM BEHIND. AUDIENCE: OHH! JASON: BUT, UH, WE WERE AT THE GAME. MY WIFE AND I ARE SEASON TICKET HOLDERS. UH, WE HAVE 4 SEATS, AND WE GO TO THE GAMES, AND WE TYPICALLY HAVE SOME FRIENDS JOIN US, AND ON THAT, UM…ON THAT OCCURRENCE, WE HAD GENELLE AND HER HUSBAND WITH US. UH, TO MY RIGHT WAS A FAMILY OF, UH, FANS OF THE OPPOSING TEAM, AND THEY HAD A COUPLE OF SMALL CHILDREN WITH THEM. I WAS SITTING RIGHT NEXT TO THE WIFE, AND SHE WAS FRIENDLY. I WAS CHATTING WITH HER DURING THE GAME AND PLAYING PEEK-A-BOO WITH THE BABY THAT SHE HAD ON HER LAP. JUDGE: OKAY. DO YOU HAVE A PHOTO OF THE SEATS IN THE STADIUM WHERE YOU WERE SITTING THAT DAY. JASON: YEAH, AS A MATTER OF FACT, I DO. JUDGE: NOW, IS THIS A PHOTO OF YOUR EXACT SEAT? JASON: ACTUALLY, IT IS. UH, YOU SEE… JUDGE: CAN YOU STEP OVER TO THE FLAT SCREEN, PLEASE? JASON: ABSOLUTELY. UH, THE SEATS THAT I OWN ARE THIS ONE, THIS ONE, THIS ONE, AND THIS ONE. JUDGE: MM-HMM. JASON: AND THE SEATS WHERE THE DEFENDANT WAS SITTING WERE UP HERE IN 9 AND 10. SO QUITE A WAYS FROM US. JUDGE: ALL RIGHT, SO ONE ROW BEHIND AND THEN SEVERAL SEATS OVER. IS THAT CORRECT, SIR? QUENTIN: YES, YOUR HONOR. JUDGE: OKAY. WHERE WERE YOU SEATED IN THOSE 4 SEATS? JASON: ORIGINALLY WHEN THE GAME BEGAN, I WAS SEATED IN THIS SEAT. JUDGE: MM-HMM. JASON: AND THEN THESE OTHER 4 GRAY SEATS WERE OCCUPIED BY FANS OF THE OPPOSING TEAM, AND THEN ON THESE TWO FIRST RED SEATS BEYOND THE GRAY SEATS, ARE A COUPLE OF OTHER SEASON TICKET HOLDERS. JUDGE: OKAY. JASON: AS WELL AS SEASON TICKET HOLDERS SITTING HERE AND BACK BEHIND. UH, THE PEOPLE THAT WERE SITTING BACK HERE IN THESE SEATS ENDED UP LEAVING. I MOVED TO THIS SEAT, BUT WHEN–WHEN THE SEATS ARE COMPLETELY OCCUPIED, YOU’RE SITTING LIKE THIS. MY SHOULDERS ARE WIDER THAN… THAN THE ARMRESTS ARE. JUDGE: SO SOME PEOPLE LEFT THE GAME. JASON: I MOVED TO SEAT NUMBER 17, WHICH IS THE ONE RIGHT NEXT TO THE AISLE. JUDGE: AND WHERE WAS THE DEFENDANT AT THE TIME? WAS HE STILL IN HIS ASSIGNED SEAT? JASON: HE WAS STILL IN HIS SEAT IN THE ROW BEHIND ME IN EITHER SEAT 9 OR 10. JUDGE: OKAY, AND HOW MANY SEATS DOWN WERE YOU SEATED, SIR? QUENTIN: UM, YOUR HONOR, THAT WAS THE ONLY TIME I’VE EVER SAT IN THOSE SEATS. I WAS PROBABLY– JUDGE: YOU CAN TAKE A STEP BACK. QUENTIN: WHERE THE SEATS CHANGE COLOR. JUDGE: FIRST OF ALL, WERE YOU DRINKING AT THE GAME? THIS WAS 1:00 GAME. DID YOU TAILGATE? JASON: NO. JUDGE: WERE YOU–HAD YOU BEEN DRINKING BEFORE YOU GOT TO THE GAME? JASON: NO. JUDGE: WERE YOU DRINKING AT THE GAME? JASON: I WAS. JUDGE: WHAT WERE YOU DRINKING? JASON: BEER. JUDGE: HOW MANY BEERS DID YOU HAVE? JASON: I HAD 3 BEERS. JUDGE: WHAT ABOUT YOU, SIR? QUENTIN: UH, WAS I DRINKING, YOUR HONOR? JUDGE: YES. QUENTIN: YES, I’D HAD PROBABLY, YOU KNOW, 3 OR 4 BEERS. JUDGE: OKAY. WERE YOU INTOXICATED AT THE TIME? JASON: NO. JUDGE: GO AHEAD. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED. JASON: WELL, UH, RIGHT ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF THE FOURTH QUARTER, THE DEFENDANT CAME OVER AND MOVED DOWN THE ROW AND THEN STARTED SCREAMING AND THREATENING ME. JUDGE: HE DIDN’T JUST COME OUT OF NOWHERE AND START SCREAMING AND THREATENING YOU. SOMETHING HAPPENED. QUENTIN: SCREAMING AND THREATENING YOU? JUDGE: SIR. SOMETHING HAPPENED. I NEED YOU TO TAKE ME TO THE BEGINNING OF WHAT HAPPENED. JASON: I WISH I COULD TELL YOU. HE CAME DOWN AND HE STARTED YELLING AT ME… QUENTIN: FOR NO REASON. JASON: ABSOLUTELY, FOR NO REASON, SAYING THAT I WAS DISTURBING THE PEOPLE NEXT TO ME. JUDGE: OKAY, SO YOU HAD NO IDEA WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT? JASON: I HAD NO IDEA WHAT HE WAS TALKING ABOUT. JUDGE: OKAY. JASON: SO HE WENT AWAY, AND THEN, YOU KNOW, A FEW MORE MINUTES GO BY, AND HE COMES BACK AGAIN. STARTS WITH THE SAME STUFF. JUDGE: WHAT IS HE SAYING TO YOU? JASON: UH, THERE WERE A LOT OF, UH, “F” WORDS INVOLVED. YOU WANT ME–YOU WANT ME TO SAY IT? JUDGE: YOU DIDN’T KNOW HIM, RIGHT? JASON: NO, I’D NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE IN MY LIFE. JUDGE: HAD NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE. QUENTIN: AND FOR NO REASON, THIS GUY JUST SHOWS UP? JUDGE: SIR, CAN I DO MY JOB? QUENTIN: YES, YOUR HONOR. I’M SORRY, YOUR HONOR. JUDGE: SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THAT HE CAME TO YOU OUT OF NOWHERE AND JUST STARTS CURSING AND SCREAMING AT YOU, AND YOUR REA–AND THEN HE LEAVES, AND YOUR REACTION IS YOU JUST SIT THERE? JASON: WELL, MY REACTION WAS, I SAID, “HEY, MAN, LEAVE ME ALONE. GO BACK TO YOUR SEAT. I DON’T WANT ANY TROUBLE.” JUDGE: YOU DON’T THINK THAT’S STRANGE THAT SOMEONE WOULD JUST COME CURSING AT YOU? DOES THAT HAPPEN TO YOU OFTEN AT GAMES? JASON: NO, THIS IS THE ONLY TIME IT’S EVER HAPPENED. HE WAS YELLING THE “F” WORD AND SCREAMING AT ME AND SAYING THAT I WAS BOTHERING THE PEOPLE NEXT TO ME. I SAID, “LOOK, I’M NOT BOTHERING ANYBODY. I’M TRYING TO WATCH THE GAME. LEAVE ME ALONE. YOU KNOW, I’M SORRY YOUR TEAM’S NOT DOING WELL. GO AWAY.” JUDGE: MM-HMM. JASON: YOU KNOW, SO… QUENTIN: I WAS ROOTING FOR THE SAME TEAM. [LAUGHTER] JASON: YEAH, APPARENTLY. JUDGE: NO, YOU WERE NOT. [APPLAUSE] GO AHEAD, SIR. JASON: SO, ANYWAY, YOU KNOW, AFTER HE CAME THE SECOND TIME, YOU KNOW, HE CAME BEHIND ME, AND SAID EXCUSE ME TO THE PEOPLE BEHIND ME, BENT OVER, AND COLDCOCKED ME FROM BEHIND. HE PUNCHED ME IN MY RIGHT EYE, AT WHICH POINT I WAS PRETTY DAZED. HE STILL KEPT COMING AT ME. I GOT UP, TURNED AROUND. HE HAS HIS HANDS ON MY THROAT AND WAS CHOKING ME. QUENTIN: [LAUGHING] JASON: AND AT THE POINT, YOU KNOW, I TRIED PUSHING HIM OFF OF ME, GETTING HIM OFF OF ME– QUENTIN: THIS JUST GETS BETTER. ANNOUNCER: COMING UP, THIS FIGHT HAS BEEN HEARD BEFORE IN A CRIMINAL CASE. JASON: SINCE I HAD DONE NOTHING WRONG AND WAS SIMPLY DEFENDING MYSELF, I HIRED AN ATTORNEY AND I FOUGHT THE CASE. QUENTIN: THIS MAN IS AN ANIMAL. JUDGE: YOU WERE PROBABLY BEING A LITTLE OBNOXIOUS LIKE SOME PEOPLE ARE AT FOOTBALL GAMES WHERE THEY’RE DRINKING BEER, WATCHING THEIR TEAM. ANNOUNCER: PLAINTIFF JASON INGRAM WAS AT A FOOTBALL GAME WHEN HE SAYS HE WAS ATTACKED FOR NO REASON. HE WANTS HIS MEDICAL AND LEGAL FEES REIMBURSED. DEFENDANT QUENTIN THORNTON SAYS THE PLAINTIFF’S UNRULY BEHAVIOR FORCED HIM TO ACT AND THE PLAINTIFF ONLY HAS HIMSELF TO BLAME. JUDGE: OKAY, TELL ME WHAT’S GOING ON. WHY DID YOU– YOU ADMIT TO HITTING HIM. QUENTIN: YES, YOUR HONOR. JUDGE: OKAY, TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED. QUENTIN: I WAS–I WAS FORCED INTO THIS MOST SURREAL SITUATION. I GO TO A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL GAME WITH MY DAUGHTER. I LOVE FOOTBALL. I’M A FAN OF FOOTBALL, UNLIKE MR. INGRAM HERE, WHO… MAYBE HE DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THE GAME– JUDGE: WELL, DON’T TELL ME WHAT HE UNDERSTANDS. TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED. QUENTIN: SO WE’RE SITTING THERE, AND THERE’S A GROUP OF PEOPLE IN FRONT OF US, A FAMILY, THAT CONSISTED OF THIS WOMAN HOLDING PROBABLY A 3-MONTH-OLD BABY. JASON: THE SAME BABY THAT I WAS PLAYING PEEK-A-BOO WITH DURING THE GAME. JUDGE: OKAY, STOP. QUENTIN: AND HE’S SITTING NEXT TO THEM, AND THEN THERE’S TWO LITTLE GIRLS, PROBABLY 8 AND 9 YEARS OLD, AND THEN THE HUSBAND, AND THE HUSBAND IS WEARING THE JERSEY OF THE OPPOSING TEAM, AND THE HUSBAND, UNFORTUNATELY, HAD ONE LEG, WHICH IS WHY I EVENTUALLY HAD TO STEP IN AND TRY TO SAVE THIS FAMILY. THIS CHARACTER IS LEANING OVER THIS WOMAN USING HAND SIGNALS, THE ONE-FINGER SALUTE, TO THE HUSBAND WEARING THE JERSEY. JASON: NOT TRUE AT ALL. QUENTIN: YELLING, “‘F’ YOU,” AND GIVING THE FINGER, AND HE’S HITTING THIS LITTLE BABY IN THE HEAD WITH HIS ELBOWS AS HE’S REACHING ACROSS THIS WOMAN, AND SO EVERYBODY IN THE STANDS HAS PUT UP WITH THIS FOR THE ENTIRE GAME, SO AFTER– JUDGE: WELL, DID YOU SEE– DID YOU SEE THE WOMAN’S HUSBAND SAY ANYTHING TO HIM? QUENTIN: NO, I–I LEANED DOWN. AT FIRST, I THOUGHT THEY WERE ALL FRIENDS, BECAUSE THEY WERE SITTING TOGETHER. JUDGE: YOU SAY THIS IS HAPPENING. DID THE WOMAN’S HUSBAND SAY ANYTHING TO HIM? QUENTIN: NO, HE WAS AFRAID. JUDGE: HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT? YOU KNOW WHAT HE WAS THINKING? QUENTIN: BECAUSE I TALKED TO HIM. JUDGE: DID YOU SEE THE WOMAN HOLDING THE BABY SAY ANYTHING TO HIM? QUENTIN: YES. SHE KEPT– JUDGE: WHAT DID YOU WITNESS HER SAY? QUENTIN: SHE KEPT COVERING THE BABY’S HEAD EVERY TIME HE MADE A MOVE. JASON: THAT’S NOT TRUE. QUENTIN: AND I WAS LIKE, “WHY DON’T THEY JUST GET UP AND MOVE?” AND SO THIS WENT ON AND ON, AND ON THE GAME ON THE SCOREBOARD, THEY FLASHED, “IF THERE’S TROUBLE IN YOUR SECTION,” YOU KNOW, “TEXT YOUR SECTION NUMBER TO THIS NUMBER.” WELL, MY DAUGHTER DID THAT 3 TIMES. NOBODY CAME. JUDGE: WHAT QUARTER OF THE GAME IS THIS NOW? QUENTIN: THIS IS GOING INTO THE, UM, THIRD QUARTER. JUDGE: BUT YOU SAY THIS HAD STARTED–IT STARTED HAPPENING IN THE FIRST QUARTER. QUENTIN: THE VERY FIRST MINUTE. JUDGE: YOU SEE A MAN… QUENTIN: YEAH. JUDGE: ABOUT TO HARM A WOMAN AND HER CHILD. JUDGE: CORRECT. RIGHT. JUDGE: YOU DON’T GET UP AND GET SECURITY. FORGET TEXTING FOR A SECOND. NOW YOU HAVE HALFTIME. WERE YOU DOING THESE THINGS? JASON: NO! JUDGE: SO YOU–THIS IS COMPLETELY MADE UP. NONE OF THIS WAS HAPPENING. JASON: NO, I WAS FOOLING– JUDGE: YOU NEVER ACCIDENTALLY HIT THIS WOMAN OR HER BABY. JASON: NO! JUDGE: YOU NEVER CURSED AT HER HUSBAND. JASON: NO! JUDGE: YOU NEVER THREW THE MIDDLE FINGER AT HER HUSBAND. JASON: NOT ONCE. QUENTIN: PEOPLE WERE ACTUALLY YELLING AT HIM, LIKE, “HEY, KNOCK IT OFF!” AND SO, I WALKED DOWN THERE AND I SAID, “HEY, LOOK, YOU’VE GOT TO STOP THIS,” BECAUSE… JUDGE: WERE YOU CURSING AT HIM? QUENTIN: NO, I S–NO. JUDGE: OR DID YOU SAY IT LIKE YOU JUST SAID, “HEY, YOU HAVE TO STOP THIS”? QUENTIN: NO, FIRST, YOUR HONOR. [LAUGHTER] I CAME UP TO HIM, AND I SAID, “HEY, [BLEEP], YOU ARE FALLING ALL OVER THIS WOMAN.” BY THEN, I REMEMBER, HE’S WEARING A [BLEEP] JERSEY. HIS ARMS ARE IN THE AIR, AND HIS GUT’S HANGING OUT. IT’S EXPOSED, AND IT’S SMASHED UP AGAINST HER FACE. [AUDIENCE REACTS] JUDGE: MA’AM, YOU WERE A WITNESS TO THIS? GENELLE: YES. JUDGE: WOULD YOU STEP UP, PLEASE? HOW DO YOU KNOW MR. INGRAM? GENELLE: UH, HE ORIGINALLY WORKED WITH MY HUSBAND, UH, ABOUT 12 YEARS AGO, AND THEN I GOT TO KNOW HIS WIFE, AND WE’VE BEEN COUPLE FRIENDS EVER SINCE. JUDGE: WERE YOU AT THE GAME? GENELLE: YES. JUDGE: DID YOU WITNESS THIS INCIDENT? GENELLE: YES. JUDGE: WAS THERE A WOMAN AND A BABY AND A FAMILY SITTING NEXT TO YOU? GENELLE: YES. JUDGE: OKAY. WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH THE PLAINTIFF AND THIS FAMILY? GENELLE: UM, NOTHING. HE WAS PLAYING WITH THE BABY. JUDGE: DID YOU EVER SEE THIS WOMAN OR HEAR HER ASK MR. INGRAM TO LEAVE HER ALONE? GENELLE: NO. JUDGE: WHAT ABOUT HER HUSBAND? GENELLE: NO. I DIDN’T HAVE ONE DRINK, AND I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THE DEFENDANT WAS DOING. JUDGE: OKAY. GENELLE: I HAD NO IDEA WHY HE APPROACHED US. I CERTAINLY DIDN’T HAVE ANY IDEA WHY HE WAS USING THE LANGUAGE THAT HE WAS AROUND SMALL CHILDREN. JUDGE: TELL ME WHAT YOU SAW. GENELLE: SO I WAS SITTING DIRECTLY BEHIND JASON, AND MY HUSBAND WAS BESIDE ME, AND AS HE PASSED IN FRONT OF ME, I SEE THE ELBOW AND THE FIST AND THEN RIGHT TO THE SIDE OF THE HEAD, RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. ANNOUNCER: COMING UP ON “JUDGE FAITH,” IT’S HE SAID VERSUS HE SAID, UNTIL A NEW WITNESS COMES FORWARD. JUDGE: CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT YOU WITNESSED? ANNOUNCER: PLAINTIFF JASON INGRAM WANTS HIS MEDICAL AND LEGAL FEES PAID AFTER BEING PUNCHED IN THE FACE AT A FOOTBALL GAME BY A FELLOW SPECTATOR. DEFENDANT QUENTIN THORNTON SAYS HE FEARED THE PLAINTIFF MIGHT HARM A NEARBY WOMAN HOLDING A BABY, AND HE HAS TO GET INVOLVED. JUDGE: HE’S LOOKING AT THE GAME, RIGHT? QUENTIN: RIGHT. JUDGE: YOU TURNED AROUND AND YOU’RE APPROACHING HIM FROM BEHIND, CORRECT? QUENTIN: YES. JUDGE: OKAY. SO HE’S LOOKING AT THE GAME. WHAT DO YOU DO? QUENTIN: I WALKED AROUND THE SEAT, AND I SAID, “LOOK, I TOLD YOU TO QUIT FALLING ON HER.” JUDGE: AND WHAT DO YOU DO NEXT? QUENTIN: I SWATTED HIM OUT OF HIS SEAT WITH AN OPEN HAND. JUDGE: WITH AN OPEN HAND… QUENTIN: WITH AND OPEN HAND… JUDGE: YOU HIT HIM WHERE? QUENTIN: SWATTED HIM OUT OF HIS SEAT TO GET HIM AWAY FROM HER. JUDGE: SO YOU HIT HIM PRETTY HARD. QUENTIN: A–A GOOD SWEEPING MOTION, YEAH. JUDGE: SHOW ME THE SWEEPING MOTION YOU DID. SHOW ME WHAT YOU DID. [APPLAUSE] QUENTIN: EXCUSE ME, YOUR HONOR? JUDGE: DEMONSTRATE FOR ME… STEP FROM BEHIND THE LECTERN AND DEMONSTRATE FOR ME HOW YOU HIT HIM. QUENTIN: LIKE THAT. JUDGE: IN HIS FACE. QUENTIN: NO, AT THE BACK OF HIS HEAD, WHICH IS… JUDGE: SO YOU HIT HIM FROM BEHIND. QUENTIN: WHICH IS CLEARLY REFLECTED IN THE POLICE REPORT, EVEN AS A WITNESS OF HIS WIFE’S SAYING THAT I SLAPPED HIM ON THE BACK OF THE HEAD. YOUR HONOR, I WAS LEFT WITH NO CHOICE. IT WAS ALMOST LIKE SELF-DEFENSE. SOMEBODY WAS GOING TO GET HURT. I HAD TO STOP IT. IF YOU LOOK AT THE POLICE REPORT I’VE SUPPLIED YOU. JUDGE: I HAVE READ THE POLICE REPORTS, AND I’VE READ ALL THE INFORMATION. I WANT TO HEAR TESTIMONY FROM ALL OF YOU TODAY. QUENTIN: OKAY. YES, YOUR HONOR. JUDGE: MISS THORNTON, WOULD YOU STEP UP TO THE LECTERN, PLEASE? WERE YOU AT THE GAME WITH YOUR FATHER? SHANNON: YES, THAT’S CORRECT. JUDGE: OKAY. TELL ME WHAT YOU WITNESSED. SHANNON: UM, I WOULD SAY UP TO THIS POINT, EVERYTHING THAT MY FATHER SAID IS CORRECT. THE WHOLE TIME IT WAS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE TO WATCH HIM LEAN OVER HER, YELL AT HIM. YOU KNOW, I FEEL BAD FOR THIS FAMILY, WHO WANTED JUST TO ENJOY THE GAME, AND, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE TO BE SUBJECTED TO BEHAVIOR LIKE THIS, SO… JASON: YOUR HONOR, LET ME INTERJECT REAL QUICK. JUDGE: NO. JASON: THEY WEREN’T BEHIND THE FAMILY. THEY– JUDGE: NO! SHANNON: WE WERE BEHIND THE FAMILY. I REMEMBER LOOKING RIGHT DOWN AT THEM. UM, AND JUST–I MEAN, THROUGH THE WHOLE GAME, IT STARTED, YOU KNOW, A LITTLE AND GROWING THE WHOLE TIME, WHERE IT JUST BECAME UNCOMFORTABLE. I DID TEXT THE SECURITY NUMBER THAT THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO COME. I DID KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR SECURITY. JUDGE: WHAT QUARTER DID YOU DO THAT? SHANNON: I BELIEVE IT WAS IN THE THIRD QUARTER. JUDGE: MM-HMM. SHANNON: FIRST, HE DID APPROACH HIM AND TRY TO SPEAK WITH HIM, AND, YOU KNOW, WE DIDN’T GET MUCH OF ANYTHING FROM THERE. HE JUST, YOU KNOW, “BACK OFF. LEAVE ME ALONE,” AND, YOU KNOW, I’M–YOU KNOW, HE’S LIKE, “WELL, CAN YOU PLEASE STOP?” AND, YOU KNOW, HE CONTINUES TO GO, AND, YOU KNOW, NOTHING HAPPENS, AND MY DAD WALKS OVER AND HE DOES SLAP HIM ON THE BACK OF THE HEAD, AND I WILL SAY IT WAS OPEN HAND, NOT A FIST, AND THEN THAT’S WHEN THE ALTERCATION BEGAN. JUDGE: I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE ANOTHER WITNESS, WHO WITNESSED THIS INCIDENT AND DID NOT TRAVEL TO THE GAME WITH EITHER SIDE. THIS WAS JUST AN INDIVIDUAL WHO WAS AT THE GAME, WHO HAPPENED TO WITNESS THIS ENTIRE ALTERCATION. HE IS GOING TO TESTIFY VIA SKYPE. HIS NAME IS MR. JAMES HOBAICA. MR. HOBAICA. JAMES: YES. JUDGE: CAN YOU HEAR ME? JAMES: I CAN. JUDGE: DO YOU KNOW EITHER ONE OF THESE INDIVIDUALS PERSONALLY, SIR? JAMES: NOT ON A PERSONAL LEVEL. I GO TO A LOT OF GAMES, SO I’VE SEEN THEM IN PASSING. THIS GUY GOT REALLY DEFENSIVE, VERY VOCAL ABOUT HOW HE FELT LIKE WE WERE BASICALLY INTRUDING IN HIS SPACE. HE STARTED CUSSING AND SWEARING, AND, UM, I TOLD HIM THAT HE SHOULD JUST CALM DOWN. IT’S JUST A GAME. UH, JASON HAD SEEMED TO HAVE REMOVED HIMSELF AT ONE TIME, BECAUSE HE WAS SITTING FURTHER FROM US THAN ORIGINALLY, AND WHAT HAPPENED WAS, UH, THIS GUY, I THINK HE HAD AN AMPUTATED LIMB, AND HE SAID JUST BECAUSE I…JUST BECAUSE I AM AMPUTATED DOESN’T MEAN THAT I CAN’T DEFEND MY FAMILY. GOT VERY DEFENSIVE. JUDGE: THE GUY WITH THE AMPUTATED LEG THAT YOU’RE REFERRING TO, WHO DID HE SAY THAT TO? JAMES: HE WAS SAYING IT TO ME AND ANYBODY IN THE GENERAL– ‘CAUSE I WAS THE ONE NEXT TO HIM, SO HE WAS VOCALIZING IT AT ME, BUT HE WAS ALSO VOCALIZING IT AT JASON’S AREA AS WELL. IT WAS, UH… HE WAS MORE TELLING ME ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE WHOLE SITUATION, AND HE WAS JUST REALLY ANGRY. JUDGE: AND WHAT WAS JASON’S BEHAVIOR AT THE GAME? WAS HE DRUNK? WAS HE ACTING BELLIGERENT? WAS HE BEING OBNOXIOUS? WHAT DID YOU WITNESS? JAMES: HE SEEMED LIKE HE HAD A FEW BEERS, BUT NOT DRUNK OR BELLIGERENT. JUDGE: ALL RIGHT, WHAT DID YOU WITNESS NEXT? JAMES: UH, THE GENTLEMAN SITTING BEHIND US. I DON’T–NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE, NEVER–OR I DON’T EVEN KNOW HIS NAME TO THIS DATE. HE CAME OVER AND, UH, STRUCK JASON BEHIND THE HEAD AFTER GETTING VERY DEFENSIVE AND WAS BASICALLY–IT SEEMED LIKE HE WAS, UH, PRETTY ROWDY, ‘CAUSE HE WAS STARTING TO TRY TO PICK SOMETHING WITH ME AT FIRST, STARTING TO FIGHT ME, AND I’M NOT SOMEBODY THAT WANTS TO FIGHT, SO I STEPPED OUT OF THE SITUATION, AND, UH, NEXT THING I KNOW, I LOOKED AWAY AND LOOKED BACK, AND, UH, THEY WERE GOING AT IT. JUDGE: OKAY, THANK YOU, SIR. WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR CRIMINAL CASE? QUENTIN: I PLED TO A REDUCED CHARGE OF DISORDERLY CONDUCT. JUDGE: AND WHAT ABOUT YOU? JASON: THEY OFFERED ME THE SAME PLEA AGREEMENT. UH, SINCE I HAD DONE NOTHING WRONG AND WAS SIMPLY DEFENDING MYSELF, UH, I HIRED AN ATTORNEY AND I FOUGHT THE CASE, AND HERE’S THE DISMISSAL. THEY HAVE NUM– JUDGE: MAY I SEE THAT, BARBARA? SO YOUR CASE WAS DISMISSED? JASON: ABSOLUTELY. THEY HAVE A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT REASONS TO SELECT ON THE SHEET, AND THEY CHOSE “IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE.” YOU KNOW, YOUR HONOR, THE BOTTOM LINE IS… JUDGE: NO, I’M GOING TO TELL– I’M GOING TO TO TELL YOU THE BOTTOM LINE. JASON: OKAY. [LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE] ANNOUNCER: AND NOW JUDGE FAITH RULES. JUDGE: HOW WERE YOU INJURED, SIR? JASON: UH, I HAD AN INJURY TO MY RIGHT EYE. JUDGE: OH, YOU WERE INJURED AS WELL, SIR. QUENTIN: YES. JUDGE: WHAT WERE YOUR INJURIES? QUENTIN: ONCE HIS POSSE HELD MY ARMS, THAT’S WHEN HE DECIDED TO RETALIATE WHEN HE HAD THE ADVANTAGE, AND HE CAME AT ME– JASON: MY DISABLED WITNESS AND HER DISABLED HUSBAND. JUDGE: HE PURPOSELY GOT IN AND TOOK HIS THUMB AND TRIED TO GOUGE MY EYE OUT. JASON: NOT TRUE. QUENTIN: THIS MAN IS AN ANIMAL. [LAUGHTER] JUDGE: I DON’T THINK YOU WERE AN INNOCENT ANGEL, AS YOU DESCRIBED YOURSELF TO BE HERE IN COURT TODAY. SOMETHING WAS GOING ON. YOU WERE PROBABLY BEING A LITTLE OBNOXIOUS LIKE SOME PEOPLE ARE AT FOOTBALL GAMES WHEN THEY’RE DRINKING BEER, WATCHING THEIR TEAM, WHATEVER. JASON: YOUR HONOR, I CAN UNDERSTAND YOU THINKING THAT. JUDGE: STOP TALKING. JASON: OKAY. JUDGE: BUT WHAT WE CANNOT HAVE IS SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T LIKE THAT RESORT TO PHYSICAL VIOLENCE, SIR. AND YOU HAD NO RIGHT TO DO THAT. YOU ARE NOT CAPTAIN AMERICA. IT IS NOT YOUR JOB TO BE JUDGE, JURY, AND EXECUTIONER AND DECIDE WHO DESERVES A SLAP OR A HIT IN THEIR FACE. YOU CANNOT DO THAT. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT WOMAN AND HER CHILD? WHAT IF THE BRAWL THAT THE TWO OF YOU HAD SPILLED OVER AND HURT THAT CHILD? [APPLAUSE] THIS WOMAN AND HER CHILD, SHE DIDN’T MAKE A COMPLAINT. SHE DIDN’T GO TO THE POLICE. HER HUSBAND DIDN’T CALL THE POLICE AND MAKE A COMPLAINT. YOU’RE THE ONLY ONE THAT TOOK IT TO THAT NEXT LEVEL, WHICH WAS AN ASSAULT. $696 IN OUT-OF-POCKET MEDICAL EXPENSES AND $1,000 IN PUNITIVE DAMAGES. JUDGMENT FOR THE PLAINTIFF, $1,696. [GAVEL POUNDS] [APPLAUSE] BARBARA: WAIT HERE A MINUTE. WAIT HERE. GO AHEAD AND STEP OUT. ANNOUNCER: IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW HAS A DISPUTE, DON’T TAKE THE LAW INTO YOUR OWN HANDS. LET JUDGE FAITH RULE ON IT FOR YOU. TO SUBMIT YOUR CASE, GO TO JUDGEFAITH.COM AND TELL US YOUR STORY. SEE YOU IN COURT.

23 thoughts on “Judge Faith – Football Feud (Season 1: Episode #117)

  1. On this case I have to give Judge Faith a thumbs down. I truly believe the story of the plaintiff. The Descendants was completely obnoxious and intoxicated. I truly believe that Faith did not allow the painters to fully tell his side of the story… Because she kept interrupting him it would not allow him to give a full testimony.

  2. I do agree with the ruling of the plaintiff winning his case. but some of the things that she said to the point that I do not agree with. you do not chastise a victim who was assaulted. That's like chastising a rape victim after she's been raped……you don't tell her that it was her fault.

  3. All that clapping is annoying maybe a few times is okay but almost every time something is said they start clapping.

  4. The defendant is an arse. You can tell the kind of man he is that nasty white menace type that thinks they are better than anyone else.

  5. This was some bs it's clear that the witness knew the defendant. They were on a first name basis. I really dislike uncle Tom's and house niggas. She never really listens to both sides without prejudice.

  6. Anyone ever think that he was leaning over to play with the baby. One of his first statements was that he was playing with the baby.

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