A no-nonsense judge in the US has slapped a member of the public with 93 days jail after an emotional drunk-driving crash hearing almost got out of hand.
Judge Qiana Lillard was about to give her sentence in the case of DUI driver Amanda Kosal yesterday when she was forced to break proceedings to eject a man and a woman from her courtroom.
"Yeah, it's time for him to go," Judge Lillard said. "I don't know who he is, but whoever can sit here in a tragic moment like this and laugh and smile when somebody has lost a family member."
Seconds later, the judge can be heard snapping "you can go too" before a woman can be seen snaking her way through a row of chairs.
"Anybody that can sit there and laugh and smirk … take her."
The woman had made it as far as the courtroom doors before she was taken into custody for contempt of court.
"I understand you all are upset because your loved one is going to prison, but guess what, she's going to prison for the choices she made," the judge said.
"These people are here grieving, saddened because a senseless act took away a loved one and you all are sitting around here like it's a joke. Not in courtroom 502, not today and not any other day."
As the woman was led away, she appeared to backchat the judge who was having none of it.
"Oh my mouth? Your mouth got you 93 days," she said.
Ms Kosal, 26, was sentenced to three to 15 years jail for the DUI death of Jerome Zirker, 31, and the serious injury of his fiancé Brittany Johnson, 31.