On Friday, Louisville, KY Metro Corrections officers got an earful after bringing a woman into Judge Amber Wolf’s courtroom…who had no pants on.
That’s right. The judge didn’t notice at first because the defendant’s long T-shirt and bare legs were hidden behind the stand. But the defense attorney told the Amber Wolf that the corrections officers had held the woman in jail for three days and — despite repeated requests — “refused to give her pants and any kind of hygiene products that she needed.”
Judge Amber Wolf to Metro Corrections officers: “She has no pants. And she’s also been denied feminine hygiene products. What the hell is going on?”
WDRB got hold of the courtroom video. They report the furious judge demanded, “Excuse me? This is outrageous. Is this for real?”
Amber Wolf then got on the phone and called Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton to ask what no judge should ever have to ask: Namely, why is there a pantsless prisoner in my courtroom, you sick, twisted and amoral fiend.
“Mark? This is Judge Wolf from courtroom 102. How are you today? I have a defendant who has been in jail for three days, who is standing in front of me completely pantsless. Has no pants on. She has requested pants for three days. She has been denied pants for three days. She has no pants. And she is in court. And she’s also been denied feminine hygiene products. What. The hell. Is going on?”
At one point, the judge told the defendant, “I’m not trying to embarrass you, I’m very sorry.” She then looked up to address the courtroom and asked, “can we get her something to cover up with? Anything? Anything. Anything, I don’t care what it is.”
Of course, that large American flag behind the judge looked ideal but was out of the question.
Jail spokesman Steve Durham told reporters that leaving prisoners pantsless when they’re arrested in various states of decency is standard procedure for Metro Corrections’ officers.
“This is pretty standard that when individuals are arrested, they remain in the clothing that they’ve been arrested in. Especially for the first 72 hours.”
Jail officials also insist the defendant had “athletic shorts” on underneath the long T-shirt.
But Dwayne Clark, the Metro Corrections deputy director who brought clothing for the defendant, disagrees. He told Wolf that “dressed like she was,” the corrections officers should have given their prisoner a jumpsuit.
Judge Amber Wolf: “I’m not accepting this sentence, it’s ridiculous.”
Even before the judge realized the defendant had no pants Judge Amber Wolf had major issues with this case. As she looked over the notes, she frowned and declared that she found the proposed sentence too harsh for the crime.
“I’m not accepting this sentence, it’s ridiculous.”
The defendant had been arrested and thrown in jail for three days (with no pants) for the minor crime of failing to complete a diversion program after pleading guilty to shoplifting. Once. She has no other arrests or charges on her record.
A disgusted Judge Amber Wolf sentenced the defendant to a $100 fine which required no payment due to “time served.” Since the woman had to return to her jail cell until her imminent release, Wolf insisted that she first receive appropriate clothing.
When the defendant changed into her newly-arrived yellow jumpsuit and returned to the courtroom, Wolf offered a formal apology.
“Again, I want to extend my deepest apologies for the way you’ve been treated in our jail. It is not normal. this is not normal.”
But the defendant begged to differ. She told the judge that “other girls” in the jail had “similar clothes to what I had on.”
Watch: Louisville judge slams Metro Corrections officers for their poor treatment of prisoners.
Featured image: Video screen grab via WDRB.