Ohio Judge Running Court Room ‘In the Manner of a Game Show Host’ Suspended
I don't know how I'd react if I walked into a courtroom and saw a judge's bench that looked like my work desk - covered in most things that look like they came out of a quarter machine outside of the grocery store.
But for people in Ohio, that was a reality with Justice Pinkey Carr (yes, that's her real name) in Cleveland. For years, she's been behaving as if she were a daytime TV Courtroom personality. Problem is, she's not one, and real lives are on the line with her decisions.
Judge Carr was recently suspended indefinitely as she was reported for YEARS worth of offenses - what the Ohio Supreme Court deemed "unprecedented misconduct."
Investigators commented that Judge Carr conducted sessions, "in a manner befitting a game show host."
"Judge Carr was reported for several times for disrespectful behavior in the courtroom, joking that she would grant defendants lighter sentences in exhange for food, beverages, carpeting, or storage space.
"On One occasion, she referred to her bailiff as 'Miss Puddin' from P-Valley' - a reference to a character on a TV show about a fictional strip club in Mississippi." - Local 12 News, Cleveland, Ohio
Judge Pinkey (which is the ONLY way I will refer to her from now on) also apparently kept her desk in pretty bad disarray, "littered with junk, dolls, cups, and novelty items." Her attorney... HER ATTORNEY... described it as "resembling a flea market."
As if Judge Pinkey's dormitory desk of a bench wasn't enough, she apparently showed up to court like a second-year senior in college, too - wearing tank tops, t-shirts, spandex shorts, and sneakers.
Listen, I'm all about feeling comfortable at work. My job's wardrobe consists mostly of concert tour shirts and hoodies. But as a JUDGE... in a real courtroom?
I mean, just imagine, if you were on trial for something, and I walked out with my long hair slicked back, full scraggly beard, in a Metallica T-Shirt, ripped shorts, and Vans? And my desk was covered in Funko Pops and novelty coffee mugs.
You'd NEVER be able to take me seriously.
Thankfully, Judge Pinkey was stopped, because things were getting bad. During COVID, she was issuing arrest warrants for defendants who didn't show up physically in court for their hearings but instead attempted to call in via video conference - which is acceptable in many situations, still.
Judge Pinkey would also often proceed with hearings when the prosecutor wasn't present. She was on record once saying, "The prosecutor's not here. Let's see how much we can get away with."
Below is a courtroom video from a conference in 2020 where the lawyer attempted to reschedule a hearing due to the coronavirus. Judge Pinkey responded by denying his request - despite administrative orders saying such hearings can be rescheduled - and then called him a "little idiot" when he was no longer in the room.
Thankfully, she's undergoing some mental health checks, and if she passes, could be reconfirmed to the bench.