Amanda Kosal, 25, Jerome Zirker while she was driving drunk. She was awaiting sentencing when Judge Qiana Lillard threw her mother, Donna Kosal, and her mother’s boyfriend out of the courtroom, calling them “clowns” after noticing their reaction as the victim’s sister gave a statement to the court. The judge completely lost her patience after she caught Donna and her boyfriend smirking.
Judge Lillard said Donna and the unidentified boyfriend were acting disrespectfully in her courtroom. “It’s time for him to go,” Judge Lillard said. “And I don’t know who he is, but whoever can sit here at a moment like this and laugh and smile when somebody has lost a family member… in the entire time that Mr. Zirker’s sister was speaking that clown, and that’s what I am going to call him, a clown, was sitting there smiling and laughing.”
Darreen Zirker was reading a victim impact statement from Jerome Zirker’s children when the judge noticed Amanda Kosal’s mother and her mother’s boyfriend acting up. (Photo Credit: Screenshot)
A bailiff escorted the man from the courtroom, and Judge Lillard became particularly irritated by Donna. “You can go too because if you don’t know how to act, you can go to jail, so leave,” the fed-up judge said. After a brief moment, Judge Lillard brought Donna back in. They exchanged a few words, and the judge motioned for the bailiffs to take Donna to jail.
“Take her, she’s going in the back,” the judge said to the bailiffs. “Anybody else wanna go? You can go, too.” Donna said something off-camera about the judge’s mouth, to which the judge replied, “Oh, my mouth? Well, thank you, your mouth got you 93 days.”
Making sure to wipe the disrespectful grin off Donna’s face, Judge Lillard sentenced her to 93 days in jail for criminal contempt. She made it clear to everyone else in the courtroom why she had the woman hauled away and demonstrated that such behavior would not be tolerated.
“I understand that you all are very upset because your loved one is going to prison, but guess what… she’s going to prison for the choices that she made,” Judge Lillard said. “These people are here grieving, saddened because a senseless act took away their loved one and you’re sitting here acting like it’s a joke? Not in courtroom 502, not today and not any other day.”