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Thanking Jesus in Court Lands Man in Jail
ap ^ | July 14, 2006

Posted on 07/14/2006 8:18:56 PM PDT by Mount Athos

Junior Stowers raised his hands and exclaimed, "Thank you, Jesus!" in court last month when he was acquitted by a jury of abusing his son.

But his joy was short-lived when Circuit Judge Patrick Border held him in contempt of court for the "outburst" and threw him in jail.

Stowers, 47, sat in the courtroom and a cellblock for about six hours until the judge granted him a hearing on the contempt charge and released him.

The judge at a July 7 hearing dropped the contempt charge, a petty misdemeanor that carries up to 30 days in jail.

Stowers couldn't be reached for comment. But his attorney in the contempt case, Deputy Public Defender Susan Arnett, said he wasn't treated fairly.

"I don't think there's anything about saying 'Thank you, Jesus' that rises to the level of contemptuous behavior in this case," she told The Honolulu Advertiser.

Stowers is a devoutly religious man active in his church who spontaneously expressed his thanks to the higher power in which he believed, she said.

Family members and Stowers' pastor at Assembly of God Church, Iakopo Sale, who watched from the gallery were "very upset that those words could land somebody in jail," Arnett said.

Border declined to comment but indicated the court minutes reflected his actions. The minutes showed he found Stowers' "nonverbal gestures and outbursts to be disruptive and improper regardless of content."

Court minutes said Border later dropped the charge because he realized Stowers' trial lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Carmel Kwock, did not have time to tell Stowers the judge had ordered both sides not to show emotion when the verdict was announced.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Hawaii
KEYWORDS: antitheist; blackrobedthugs; blackrobedtyrants; christophobia; churchandstate; donutwatch; godless; impeachhimnow; jesus; jesushaters; libertarians; stringhimup; thankyou; thankyoufsm; waronjesus
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1 posted on 07/14/2006 8:18:58 PM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Coleus

ping


2 posted on 07/14/2006 8:23:34 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Mount Athos

They told the blind man to shut up too when Jesus gave him back his eyesight and he couldnt help but praise God.
Screw the Godless judge....let the hallelujahs ring out...eheheheheheheheeh.

PS I bet a "thanks be to Allah" would have been allowed however by the ACLU judge.


3 posted on 07/14/2006 8:24:30 PM PDT by tflabo (Take authority that's ours)
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To: Mount Athos
Oh, spare us the "victim" crap, this time.

The judge gave an order, the defendant did not comply, the judge decided the order had not been relayed properly and dropped the matter.

Simple, isn't it?

4 posted on 07/14/2006 8:27:26 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

>>>Oh, spare us the "victim" crap, this time. The judge gave an order, the defendant did not comply, the judge decided the order had not been relayed properly and dropped the matter. Simple, isn't it?<<<

The ACLU will be contacting you shortly to ask if you will appear in one of their anti-Christian commercials.


5 posted on 07/14/2006 8:32:47 PM PDT by PhilipFreneau
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To: Mount Athos; tflabo

Why on earth would a judge order someone not to show emotion when the verdict was read? What does he think people are? Robots? It doesn't sound like what he did necessarily qualified as an outburst. I agree, if the guy had thanked allah, it probably would have been given a pass.


6 posted on 07/14/2006 8:34:16 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Mount Athos
"Thank you, Jesus!" This is an "outburst"? Contemptuous?

LOL!

It's a thank you from a Christian to God who is ALWAYS in control.
7 posted on 07/14/2006 8:35:21 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) !)
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To: Mount Athos

"the judge had ordered both sides not to show emotion when the verdict was announced"

What???????


8 posted on 07/14/2006 8:35:59 PM PDT by angelanddevil2
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To: Mount Athos
"Junior Stowers raised his hands and exclaimed, "Thank you, Jesus!" in court last month when he was acquitted by a jury of abusing his son. But his joy was short-lived when Circuit Judge Patrick Border held him in contempt of court for the "outburst" and threw him in jail."

"So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven." (Mathew 10: 32-33).

"Judge" Border elevated Junior Stowers' standing in God's eyes while judging himself into hell.

9 posted on 07/14/2006 8:36:56 PM PDT by TheCrusader
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To: PhilipFreneau
I'm no friend of the ACLU.

Pardon me for interfering in your victimhood.

10 posted on 07/14/2006 8:39:08 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Oh, spare us the "victim" crap, this time. ... Simple, isn't it?

No, not really. The trial was over. Removing him from the courtroom by placing him in jail accomplishes nothing. Were it in the middle of the case and the judge needed to maintain courtroom decorum, it would be one thing, but the trial was over and he was leaving. What was the point of arresting him and preventing his departure other than just a little power trip on the part of the judge?

This part was left out of the excerpt: Stowers asked to approach the bench and apologize, but the judge told him he could not." I'm sorry that is just wrong.

11 posted on 07/14/2006 8:39:41 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Calpernia
The joke about a busload of lawyers going over a cliff with one
empty seat goes double for liberal stinking judges.
12 posted on 07/14/2006 8:41:19 PM PDT by trickyricky
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To: Izzy Dunne
If there wasn't a victim there would be no story.

IMO your beef seems to be with the news item in particular as opposed to the actual story.

13 posted on 07/14/2006 8:41:55 PM PDT by perfect stranger
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To: Izzy Dunne

>>>Pardon me for interfering in your victimhood.<<<

Get off your soapbox. Do you really think the judge would have batted an eyelash if Stowers had said, "Thank you, American Civil Liberties Union"? Not a chance.


14 posted on 07/14/2006 8:42:40 PM PDT by PhilipFreneau
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To: Izzy Dunne
Oh, spare us the "victim" crap, this time.

The judge gave an order, the defendant did not comply, the judge decided the order had not been relayed properly and dropped the matter.

Simple, isn't it?

Nope. Being told about the order would help.

Court minutes said Border later dropped the charge because he realized Stowers' trial lawyer, Deputy Public Defender Carmel Kwock, did not have time to tell Stowers the judge had ordered both sides not to show emotion when the verdict was announced.

15 posted on 07/14/2006 8:44:22 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: FreedomCalls
I agree with everything you said.
I don't see how it relates to being anti-Christian, so much as it's a power trip.
16 posted on 07/14/2006 8:45:20 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Think that judge might show emotion in a courtroom when the True Judge tells him "Depart from me you cursed one into everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels"?


17 posted on 07/14/2006 8:46:20 PM PDT by streetpreacher (What if you're wrong?)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Being told about the order would help.

Which is exactly why the judge eventually (6 hours later) dropped the matter, as I said.

18 posted on 07/14/2006 8:47:54 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
...I'm no friend of the ACLU...

You are, on this one.

19 posted on 07/14/2006 8:49:59 PM PDT by Byron_the_Aussie (http://www.iwo.com/heroes.htm)
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To: streetpreacher
Sure he would, if he was waving his arms and having "outbursts". The judge likes a nice neat box, and this guy didn't fit into it.
20 posted on 07/14/2006 8:50:13 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Byron_the_Aussie
Pfff.

The ACLU didn't enter into this case, at least according to this article.

21 posted on 07/14/2006 8:51:38 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

It was probably a white Presbyterian judge and a black Pentecostal defendant. Cultural disconnect...

Attorney: "Psst... your Honor, he is being reverent."


22 posted on 07/14/2006 8:57:43 PM PDT by streetpreacher (What if you're wrong?)
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To: Izzy Dunne
"Oh, spare us the "victim" crap, this time."

I think he was a victim. He did nothing worthy of jail and in my book, that makes him a victim.

FRegards, DocRock
23 posted on 07/14/2006 8:59:02 PM PDT by DocRock
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To: DocRock
He did nothing worthy of jail and in my book, that makes him a victim.

Indeed. He's a victim of poor judgement by the judge.
But the family is blaming it all on anti-Christianism, when a simpler explanation is claimed, and possible.

24 posted on 07/14/2006 9:03:14 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Then what's your complaint? Why the Oh, spare us the "victim" crap, this time.? It wasn't the mans fault. He can't comply with what he isn't told.
25 posted on 07/14/2006 9:05:40 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
...Pfff...

Again!?!

I'll just open a window, Izzy.

26 posted on 07/14/2006 9:06:47 PM PDT by Byron_the_Aussie (http://www.iwo.com/heroes.htm)
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To: Mount Athos
the judge had ordered both sides not to show emotion when the verdict was announced.

And in the next case, His Honor told the parties to tapdance while he read the verdict. And after that, he ordered the parties to stand on their hands and say "moolah moolah" when he read the verdict. He closed the day by ordering the parties jointly sing "Nearer My God to Thee" as he walked out of the courtroom.

27 posted on 07/14/2006 9:07:54 PM PDT by KellyAdmirer
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To: DJ MacWoW
...then what's your complaint?...

Narcissistic Personality Disorder: the facts

28 posted on 07/14/2006 9:10:19 PM PDT by Byron_the_Aussie (http://www.iwo.com/heroes.htm)
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To: Byron_the_Aussie

LOL! You're bad! LOL!


29 posted on 07/14/2006 9:11:31 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Then what's your complaint? Why the Oh, spare us the "victim" crap, this time.?

That his family and pastor and some posters here are all rushing to claim victimhood because of religion, when there is a simpler explanation.

30 posted on 07/14/2006 9:12:07 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
The judge gave an order,...

The judge is a pompous ass that has no tolerance or common sense.
31 posted on 07/14/2006 9:18:28 PM PDT by One_who_hopes_to_know
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To: Mount Athos

He made a mistake in thanking Jesus. He should of thanked the judge who thinks he's god.


32 posted on 07/14/2006 9:18:58 PM PDT by ca centered
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To: Calpernia; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; afraidfortherepublic; Alas; al_c; american colleen; ...

Unbelievable.


33 posted on 07/14/2006 9:20:29 PM PDT by Coleus (I Support Research using the Ethical, Effective and Moral use of stem cells: non-embryonic "adult")
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To: Izzy Dunne

Quite frankly, I think anyone in this judges courtroom is a victim. The guy sounds like a control freak. Jailing someone for a spontaneous show of human emotion is ridiculous. Ordering that you'll do so means the guy's a common variety, run-of-the-mill j**k a**.


34 posted on 07/14/2006 9:23:06 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (If you think you know what's coming next....You don't know Jack.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Christians have it so soft in America. What passes for persecution these days is appalling . . .
35 posted on 07/14/2006 9:29:38 PM PDT by BraveMan (Great,a TAGLINE virus. Curses Izzy Dunne!)
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To: Izzy Dunne
> He's a victim of poor judgement by the judge. But the family is blaming it all on anti-Christianism, when a simpler explanation is claimed, and possible.

The judge didn't say "no show of emotion" for nothing. I infer that there had been warnings about previous "non-verbal gestures and outbursts" throughout the trial. I'll bet the judge was very tired of disruptions.

I don't think it has a thing to do with "thanking Jesus". It has everything to do with maintaining order in a court of law. Judges maintain order by restricting sound and motion; nothing prohibited the defendent from closing his eyes and saying a silent prayer of thanks, for example. It was disobedience, not the particular words, that got him in trouble.

Think about it -- defendents get in trouble for disruptive outbursts all the time, typically having nothing to do with Jesus. If this were a leftist claiming victimhood, we'd be jumping up and down on him. If it was a Muslim who shouted "allahu akabar", we'd want to string him up for disrespect. This time the defendent happens to "Thank Jesus", and we're all sympathetic? Sheesh, must be a slow news day.

36 posted on 07/14/2006 9:58:26 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: TheCrusader
"So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven." (Mathew 10: 32-33).

"Judge" Border elevated Junior Stowers' standing in God's eyes while judging himself into hell.

Worth repeating.

37 posted on 07/14/2006 10:01:12 PM PDT by Screaming_Gerbil (Let's Roll...)
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To: Mount Athos

Separation of Jesus from the Court! It's in the Constitution.


38 posted on 07/14/2006 10:02:05 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: Izzy Dunne
did not have time to tell Stowers the judge had ordered both sides not to show emotion when the verdict was announced

How is that possibly legitimate? Since when were judges dictators? Can they tell you not to blink during a hearing?

39 posted on 07/14/2006 10:05:08 PM PDT by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Izzy Dunne

"Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus."

I'll agree with that.


40 posted on 07/14/2006 10:16:49 PM PDT by jwh_Denver (Largest oil reserves in the world found in Colorado and Utah. Oil shale.)
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To: streetpreacher

If the judge is a born again Christian, no chance of that happening. He may or may not be, but you can't tell from this story.


41 posted on 07/14/2006 10:21:48 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: dayglored
I infer that there had been warnings about previous "non-verbal gestures and outbursts" throughout the trial. I'll bet the judge was very tired of disruptions.

But at the point where he was aquitted the trial was effectively over and then there's the no small matter of the judge not letting him simply apologise and leave. Instead he locks him up in jail after there is no more trial to disrupt.

42 posted on 07/14/2006 10:23:31 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: TheCrusader
while judging himself into hell

And you know he's not saved, how? Certainly not from the story. Or have you elevated yourself to ultimate Judge?

Not saying the judge was right, mind you, but, sheesh!

43 posted on 07/14/2006 10:24:53 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Izzy Dunne

"Izzy" you "Dunne" now?


44 posted on 07/14/2006 10:25:38 PM PDT by torchthemummy (Darwinists: Evolution is a theory that is proven fact.)
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To: FreedomCalls

You make a cogent point. Much better than "The judge obviously hates God, but would have okayed praising Allah."


45 posted on 07/14/2006 10:26:29 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Mount Athos
Saying God in front of liberals can be hazardous to your liberty.

(Go Israel, Go! Slap Down Em Hezbullies!)

46 posted on 07/14/2006 10:28:12 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Rodney King
How is that possibly legitimate? Since when were judges dictators? Can they tell you not to blink during a hearing?

I've heard more than one lawyer complain about the arrogance of judges.

47 posted on 07/14/2006 10:42:14 PM PDT by Dianna
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To: Larry Lucido
It may have been because the judge disagreed with the verdict the jury returned and this was the judge's way to punish him a little instead of just letting him walk away scot free.
48 posted on 07/14/2006 11:04:25 PM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: FreedomCalls

I tried to google up more background on the case, but can't find anything except this story. It would be interesting to see what it was really about. While I generally respect jury verdicts, juries have been known to acquit a person against overwhelming evidence (O.J. Simpson) just because they didn't like the law/cops/judge etc. Of course, many folks have been bad-rapped by false witnesses and overzealous prosecutors on "child abuse" charges.

Be curious to know if the victim was actually abused by someone, or if this is just a case of a parent spanking a kid and being charged.


49 posted on 07/14/2006 11:16:52 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Dianna

Count me among those. Doesn't mean I would relegate them to the seventh circle of hell for it, but I've entertained the thought. :-)


50 posted on 07/14/2006 11:18:37 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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