Disorder in the court

When no one showed up in Genesee County Probate Judge Jennie Barkey’s courtroom Wednesday for a scheduled hearing to appoint a personal representative for Bulah Lee Reid’s estate, Barkey dismissed the case.

Reid’s family was apparently trying for an out-of-court settlement in the hallway.

Barkey told The Flint Journal

“I see out in the hallway all these people fighting, especially these two guys are fighting,” she said.

No one was seriously hurt but Barkey found Calvin Stewart Jr., 59, of Burton, and his brother-in-law, Gregory Reid, 47, of Flint, in direct contempt of court after the fight and sentenced them to three days in the Genesee County Jail.

“I told them I’m not having this in my house,” said Barkey.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said the incident started and ended quickly, but caused a lot of noise when a bench was pushed into a wall.

He commended the way Barkey handled the outburst.

“She handled it quickly and she was firm,” said Pickell. “She let everyone know you’re not going to come to her court and act like morons.”

The family feud outside Barkey’s courtroom is the fourth instance this year of persons taking matters into their own hands in and around Genesee County courts.

Pickell said the latest instance and the previous three demonstrate that respect for the court system has broken down, he said. In June, July and late November, families of homicide victims got into altercations with the suspects’ families. The June incident occurred inside Flint District Court Judge Tracy Collier-Nix’s courtroom, July’s occurred outside of Genesee Circuit Court Judge Richard B. Yuille’s courtroom and the November incident occurred in the Genesee Circuit Court’s parking lot.

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Midland officials mull future courthouse plans

The opening of the new Midland County Jail won’t be the end of the architectural changes in store for the county, reports The Midland Daily News.

“Next on the county’s to-do list is working out where to keep jail inmates when they are brought to the courthouse, who will watch them and what to do with the remaining structure attached to the Midland County Courthouse,” according to The Daily News.

Midland County Circuit Court Judge Jonathan E. Lauderbach said the judges have asked the county commissioners to update a study done several years ago by Kenneth Jandura for Spillis Candela DMJM on the topic of long-term plans for the courthouse. He explained that the plan called for creating an area for a Main Street entrance where the Friend of the Court offices are currently located, as well as for building additional courthouse space on the site of the soon-to-be vacated jail.

Where did they say this happened? Who did they say was involved?

Last week, there were a couple of reports about folks who were charged with possessing marijuana. Happens all the time, you may be thinking.

Read on.

According to the Associated Press, in Hazel Park, just north of Detroit, authorities asked a fellow to empty his pockets. A bag of marijuana and a pipe to smoke it with surfaced.

And the Kalamazoo Gazette reported that a man was charged with possessing a small metal tin containing suspected marijuana.

Here’s what should give you pause:

In the Hazel Park incident, the AP says the person involved was a 68-year-old man on probation, who tried to pass through the security checkpoint at the 43rd District Court.

The Gazette reported allegations that an attorney was going through a metal detector at the Kalamazoo County District Court when the tin containing suspected marijuana set the machine off.

And just when you thought you’ve heard it all.