With all the sidebars and recesses in this trial, there was an additional distraction in court today. A courtroom observer, Matthew Bartlett, was found in contempt of court for flipping the bird at one of the prosecutors. LOL, actually uh, not funny your Honor!
He was presented with a photo of his gesture and asked to explain his actions. He was eventually handcuffed and sentenced to 6 days in Orange County jail along with a $400 fine plus court costs, which he can pay over a six-month period. Ouch! The judge made it clear that he will not tolerate any nonsense!
Update: It was brought to my attention that a previous contempt of court charge had occurred during the jury selection phase of this trial. See the much more dramatic video below!