Marceaux Tells Judge She Is "Going Down"; He Goes To Jail

Monday, April 23, 2012
Basil Marceaux
Basil Marceaux

Perennial candidate Basil Marceaux Sr. won't be able to campaign for the House District 27 seat for several days - except to fellow jail inmates.

Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern on Monday morning sentenced him to serve 10 days in jail for contempt of court.

She did so after the Soddy Daisy resident first told her, "You're out of order."

Then, as he was leaving the podium, he said, "I run for everything. And when I get elected, you're going down."

The judge then told bailiffs to take him into custody.

He was before the judge on an appeal from City Court of a traffic violation conviction.

He maintains that Criminal Court judges do not have jurisdiction to hear City Court appeals - only Circuit Court judges.

Judge Stern said she is a Circuit Court judge as well.

She said, "Mr. Marceaux, if you were an attorney, you would know that." He is representing himself in the case.

Judge Stern asked attorneys in the courtroom to raise their hand if they believe that she is also a Circuit Court judge, and they did.

Mr. Marceaux is running as a Republican candidate for House District 27 against incumbent Richard Floyd.

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