Judge Swats Down Karen Read for Smirking During Murder Trial Deliberations

Judge Swats Down Karen Read for Smirking During Murder Trial Deliberations
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In a tense court­room scene, a Mass­a­chu­setts judge scold­ed defen­dant Karen Read for appear­ing to make a face dur­ing a dis­cus­sion over key tri­al doc­u­ments as the jury con­tin­ued to delib­er­ate her fate in a sen­sa­tion­al mur­der case.

The video feed showed Read, who is accused of sec­ond-degree mur­der for alleged­ly run­ning over her boyfriend with her SUV, seat­ed and obscured by her defense lawyer as he addressed the judge. Sud­den­ly, the judge, Bev­er­ly Can­none, stopped the pro­ceed­ings and direct­ly con­front­ed Read, ask­ing, “This is fun­ny, Ms. Read?”

The judge’s stern rebuke came as the jury entered its sec­ond day of delib­er­a­tions in the high-pro­file case. Read faces up to life in prison if con­vict­ed of killing her boyfriend, Boston Police Offi­cer John O’Keefe, in Jan­u­ary 2022.

The judge’s rep­ri­mand was a strik­ing moment in the tri­al, under­scor­ing the intense scruti­ny on Read as she awaits the jury’s deci­sion. The inci­dent also high­lights the judge’s efforts to main­tain deco­rum and ensure the pro­ceed­ings are tak­en seri­ous­ly, even as the pres­sure mounts for the defendant.

With the jury still out, the out­come of the case remains uncer­tain. But the judge’s swift action in admon­ish­ing Read for her appar­ent lack of grav­i­ty serves as a reminder of the grav­i­ty of the charges she faces and the solemn nature of the judi­cial process.

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