A lawyer who was unable to appear in court due to a stroke channel 2 action news About the tongue-in-cheek he received from the judge.
Matt Tucker is representing Hannah Payne, who was accused of shooting dead 62-year-old Kenneth Herring as she was trying to arrest a citizen after Herring was involved in a hit-and-run accident in 2019.
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Jury selection for Payne’s murder trial was scheduled to begin Monday, but Tucker was unable to appear due to a medical emergency. There is no word on when the trial may proceed.
Tom Jones on Channel 2 We spoke with Tucker, who is still recovering in the hospital. Tucker is upset, saying Judge Shana Lukes Malone set him on fire on national television and was going to have him held in contempt of court for his “behavior.”
“You seriously need to find a new attorney,” Malone told Payne. It’s ready.”
Tucker said he was surprised.
“I was amazed. I couldn’t believe it,” said Tucker. “She made me look really bad on TV.”
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Payne tells Malone that Tucker had a stroke on Saturday and is hospitalized. The judge said Tucker never contacted her office.
Tucker said his office emailed the court to inform staff that a medical emergency had occurred. He doesn’t understand why the judge didn’t accept what Pain told her.
“I never lied in court,” Tucker said. “I am a court official.
Tucker says he and Payne are worried she won’t get a fair trial.