Why outraged judge threw drunk driver’s mom in jail

A drunk driver’s mother is jailed for laughing in courtroom at the statements made by the dead victim’s family.

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Detroit judge throws drunk driver's mother in jail for laughing at the victim's family. (Image is a video screen capture. Credit: WDIV-TV)

DETROIT, March 3, 2017 — A Detroit judge sent a strong message to a drunk driver’s mom, letting her know that laughing in her courtroom can send you to the slammer. According to the New York Post, Judge Qiana Lillard lowered her judicial hammer on Donna Kosal, the mother of a convicted drunk driver who was laughing during a victim’s statement about a man her daughter killed last year.

For some reason while daughter Amanda Kosal, 25 was awaiting sentencing for killing Jerome Zirker, the father of five by causing a fatal accident while drunk, her boyfriend and her mother both laughed as the victim statement was being read. Judge Lillard quickly decided that the boyfriend’s disruptive behavior was intolerable. Calling him a “clown,” she ordered him out of her courtroom according to WDIV Local 4 in Detroit.

The outraged judge sternly admonished the boyfriend, stating, “It’s time for him to go … Whoever can sit here at a tragic moment like this and laugh and smile when somebody has lost a family member, I mean the entire time that Mr. Zirker’s sister was speaking, that clown, and that’s what I am going to call him, a clown, was sitting there smiling and laughing.”

Amanda Kosal’s mother, Donna was also shown the courtroom door by the judge for her equally egregious behavior. The Judge tossed her out, stating, “You can go too because if you don’t know how to act, you can go to jail, so leave,” reported the New York Post.


Being ejected from court for bad behavior and disrespect for the court’s proceedings apparently had zero impact on the elder Kosal. Un-cowed and unrepentant, when she was brought back into the courtroom the elder Kosal promptly engaged in a verbal battle with the judge.

With her mouth running ahead of her common sense, Donna Kosal could apparently be heard in the back of the courtroom making disparaging statements about the the presiding judge’s mouth. Judge Lillard crisply replied to the taunts with her own judicial smackdown, stating, “Oh, my mouth? Well, thank you. Your mouth got you 93 days.”

Donna Kosal was being led out of the courtroom to begin her unwanted and unexpected 93-day jail vacation, the judge reminded still seated members of the Kosal family that Amanda Kosal had killed an innocent person based on the choices that had made, pointedly noting that laughing at the victim’s grieving, suffering family is indeed no laughing matter.

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Kevin Fobbs began writing professionally in 1975. He has been published in the "New York Times," and has written for the "Detroit News," "Michigan Chronicle," “GOPUSA,” "Soul Source" and "Writers Digest" magazines as well as the Ann Arbor and Cleveland "Examiner," "Free Patriot," "Conservatives4 Palin" and "Positively Republican." The former daily host of The Kevin Fobbs Show on conservative News Talk WDTK - 1400 AM in Detroit, he is also a published author. His Christian children’s book, “Is There a Lion in My Kitchen,” hit bookstores in 2014. He writes for Communities Digital News, and his weekly show "Standing at Freedom’s Gate" on Community Digital News Hour tackles the latest national and international issues of freedom, faith and protecting the homeland and heartland of America as well as solutions that are needed. Fobbs also writes for Clash Daily, Renew America and BuzzPo. He covers Second Amendment, Illegal Immigration, Pro-Life, patriotism, terrorism and other domestic and foreign affairs issues. As the former 12-year Community Concerns columnist with The Detroit News, he covered community, family relations, domestic abuse, education, business, government relations, and community and business dispute resolution. Fobbs obtained a political science and journalism degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1978 and attended Wayne State University Law School. He spearheaded and managed state and national campaigns as well as several of President George W. Bush's White House initiatives in areas including Education, Social Security, Welfare Reform, and Faith-Based Initiatives.