Inmate curses at judge during bond hearing
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A bond hearing took a strange turn Wednesday when a visibly angry inmate went on several expletive-filled rants aimed at the presiding judge.
Twenty-four-year-old Jodel Leveille repeatedly cursed at Judge Ellen Sue Venzer and flipped her off. He continued on his foul-mouthed tirade even after the judge gave him a second chance to regain his composure.
The outburst began shortly after Judge Venzer asked the inmate routine questions, such as if he would like to hire an attorney. "I find probable cause with respect to the--," Venzer began saying when Leveille went off on her. The inmate was in bond court because he is accused of punching a woman and then pushing and spitting on a responding officer.
The judge never lost her temper. "I'm going to give you an opportunity to calm down, Mr. Leveille," Venzer said as Leveille continued his verbal assault. "Go have a seat, sir," Venzer said. Leveille did not stop cursing, so Venzer ordered the inmate to appear before her a few hours later.
In the afternoon session, Leveille once again lashed out, this time targeting the police. "I'm the victim here; they all arrested me," Leveille screamed. "They beat me and tortured me," he continued.
Venzer replied, "Are you on any drugs at the moment?"
Leveille's response: "Hell, no. Go to hell."
Leveille's court rant comes just a few months after Penelope Soto's curse-filled first appearance in court went viral. During her second appearance, however, she said she was sorry at the Miami-Dade judge she had flipped off. "I apologize, not only to the court and you, but to my family," she said.
Leveille took a different approach. At his second appearance, he eventually walked away, sat down on a bench while Venzer ordered him to undergo a psychological evaluation. He was still swearing in the background as the judge asked a correctional officer if he was ready to address her. The officer replied, "Actually, no, he doesn't want to speak to you."
Venzer issued the inmate a $17,000 bond.
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