A suspect in three murders allegedly threatened to track down Internet-famous Judge Amber Wolf and her family at their home during a brief, expletive-filled appearance in a Louisville, Kentucky, courtroom.
Court security officers wheeled in suspect Brice Rhodes, who was in a restraint chair and wearing a spit mask, on Friday afternoon, where the judge informed him of additional charges including fourth-degree assault while Rhodes kept interrupting as the bleeped-out audio in the footage below suggests. Apparently the new charges are the result of alleged scuffles with two inmates, including allegedly spitting on one.
The hearing, in part, went like this, according to Louisville TV station WDRB.
“‘[EXPLETIVE] you,’ Rhodes said. ‘I don’t care what I’ve been charged with.’
“‘I’m gonna keep talking because I don’t want to have to see you back here for this,’ Wolf said.
“‘I don’t care! I don’t care!’ Rhodes replied. ‘Don’t you think I’m gonna [EXPLETIVE] find out where you live at?…[EXPLETIVE] I don’t give a [EXPLETIVE] about none of that! I didn’t do [EXPLETIVE]! I’ll be out!’
“‘So you’re saying you’re going to find out where I live at?’ Wolf said.
“‘I don’t give a [EXPLETIVE] about none of that!’ Rhodes said. ‘You got family! I’ll be out!'”
The judge entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of the defendant and appointed a public defender to represent him.
As far as the man’s allegedly threatening remarks, Wolf calmly said on the record that “that was a threat against the court. I’m asking the County Attorney’s office to take that into account and consider what to do with that.”
Authorities subsequently charged the man with terroristic threatening in the third degree and intimidating a participant in the legal process, and he is due back in court this week on those counts.
“Rhodes was already charged with fatally stabbing 16-year-old Maurice Gordon and 14-year-old Larry Ordway in Shawnee in May. Their burned bodies were dumped behind an abandoned house. Detectives say Rhodes killed the teens so they wouldn’t snitch about his involvement in a prior shooting death,” the AP explained. He is being held on $1 million bond in those arrests.
The judge went viral on social media for two prior incidents in her Jefferson County courtroom. In one instance, a female prisoner showed up in her courtroom and appeared not be wearing any pants. According to a previous Inquisitr account, the woman was allegedly menstruating. The judge apologized to the woman for not getting the standard jumpsuit and demanded that jailers provide the woman with the appropriate apparel. Another unfortunate part of the story is that the defendant was in jail for not completing a diversion program for shoplifting, and the judge said the woman should have been released from jail after only a day. A Lousiville Metro Corrections spokesperson subsequently indicated that it was normal to hold suspects for up to 72 hours in the clothes in which they were arrested. Presumably, the policy has since changed.
A few days later, she made an on-the-spot decision to allow a burglary suspect to see and hold his newborn son for the first time while standing in a Jefferson County courtroom. “I stand by my decision. I think that was the best decision I could have made and probably one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life,” Judge Amber Wolf said.
A Louisville native and a lawyer since 2007, Amber Wolf, 34, was first elected as a judge in November 2014 for a term that runs from January 5, 2015, to January 6, 2019. She previously worked was a county attorney, private practice lawyer, and public defender. Her husband is a Louisville police officer, and the couple have three young children, according to the Heavy.
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