Skip to comments.Fez causes stir in courtroom
Posted on 05/25/2010 7:24:28 PM PDT by hoosierboy
SOUTH BEND An Elkhart man was placed in handcuffs Monday and threatened with 230 days in jail after he refused a judges order to remove his fez.
According to police reports, the 56-year-old man was attending a court hearing Monday for his son in St. Joseph Superior Court Judge John M. Marnochas courtroom when court staff asked the man to remove his fez.
The man refused, saying it was his constitutional right to wear the fez a tall, round hat usually adorned with a tassel and refused to take it off.
Workers inside the courtroom said the man then began shouting at the sheriffs deputies who were trying to remove him from the courtroom.
"He caused a big ruckus, he didnt want to take the hat off," court reporter Bill Mitchell said. "He wouldnt listen to the judge."
Police report that the incident became so heated that Marnocha, frustrated at the mans refusal to calm down, ruled him in contempt of court and ordered him to serve 230 days in jail.
Deputies then placed the man in handcuffs and removed him from the courtroom, taking him to the area of the courthouse basement where inmates are transferred to jail.
After the mornings court proceedings were completed, Marnocha called the man back to his courtroom and dismissed the contempt charges after the man apologized.
Efforts to contact the man by The Tribune were not successful.
Turkish or Shriner?
“Police report that the incident became so heated that Marnocha, frustrated at the mans refusal to calm down, ruled him in contempt of court and ordered him to serve 230 days in jail.”
I’m sure he was a jerk, but 230 day???
Please understand. I want to be your holy man
The Shriners will get ‘im.
okay - so I thought this was about that foreign kid on That 70’s show.....
It seems to be a German surname. Remember the comic strip "Hoosier Day Shift"? Sometimes a German character would wear a fez. Same with The Captain and the Kids. The Captain always wore a fez.
Although better known as a Turkish custom, the fez had its aficionados in the Midwest and along the Rhine.
My post (above) is already the primary reference on Google.com for this thread and for the word “fez” used in the context of “hoosier”.
Shriner? I hope not.
Milwaukee went from German to African in the ‘70’s.
Two peas in a pod-duh!
A tenth of that would have still been overkill.
Maybe the judge was trying to make a point.
Elijah Muhammad (Black Muslim leader) used to wear a fez IIRC.
Marnocha’s the judge.
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