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Teen jailed after swearing in court

This 17-year-old was arrested for contempt of court on Jan. 30, 2015 after swearing in a Spokane County courtroom. Judge Sam Cozza ordered that he be held in jail for five days.   (Nina Culver)
This 17-year-old was arrested for contempt of court on Jan. 30, 2015 after swearing in a Spokane County courtroom. Judge Sam Cozza ordered that he be held in jail for five days. (Nina Culver)

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza apparently has a dim view of people swearing in his courtroom. He halted proceedings midway through Friday's first appearance docket after a teenager got up and stormed out of the courtroom, leaving a string of expletives in his wake.

Cozza demanded that the teen come back inside the courtroom and told him he was in trouble. The teen's initial response was to say "Do I have to?" but he complied with the judge's instruction. He told the judge that he'd been in court to see his brother, who had been arrested the day before. "I'm just a little bit irritated," he said. "Some of the allegations were false."

Cozza gave the teen a brief lecture on proper courtroom conduct and he was handcuffed by two Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies. The 17-year-old was booked into Spokane County Juvenile Detention, where he celebrated his 18th birthday on Saturday.




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Nina Culver
Nina Culver is a freelancer for The Spokesman-Review's daily newspaper and weekly Voice sections.

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