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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