Man who called Farmington judge a fool appeals jail sentence for contempt
Posted at: 12/28/2012 8:35 AM
| Updated at: 12/28/2012 2:53 PM
By: The Associated Press
Photo: Robert Hockman
FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A 29-year-old man who called a Farmington judge a fool is appealing his 60-day jail sentence for contempt of court.
Robert Hockman was arrested Dec. 13 after he called Magistrate Judge Stanley King a fool after a preliminary hearing in his brother's second-degree murder case ended.
Hockman told his brother to keep his head up as he was being led away, King told him not to talk to the prisoner and Hockman responded.
Confronted by the judge, Hockman asked "did I stutter?" That prompted his arrest and immediate 60-day jail sentence.
The Farmington Daily Times reports Hockman's appeal asks for an immediate release and says he has no major criminal history and isn't a threat.
Hockman's father says he's being punished more severely than some repeat DWU offenders.
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