Man gets six months for cursing during court

It wasn’t the charges he was in court on that got a Barbourville man in trouble, it was what he said as he walked away.

Billy Wayne Price, 24, was being video arraigned Thursday in Knox District Court on charges of public intoxication and menacing when before District Judge John Chappell.

After entering a not guilty plea on Price’s behalf, Chappell said, “I’m seeing four pending cases all with failure to appear.”

“I was in here last week and done them,” Price said, at which time Chappell set a $500 cash bond and court MCR mandated drug testing for Price.  

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“I can’t afford that MCR…can you do something else?” Price said.

“No sir,” Chappell said. “With all that pending…you’ve got a bunch of cases. That’s what we’ve got Mr. Price…I’m leaving it the same.”

As Price was walking away from the arraignment stand at the jail, while still on camera, he said, “God dog…(expletive).”

“Bring him back, bring him back,” Chappell said. “I think you just said the F-word where everyone could hear. Six months for contempt. You don’t cuss in my courtroom…everybody know that rule about me.”