A 21 year old defendant, for failing to take part in a court ordered work release program, was told to do society a favor and kill himself by a judge in Akron, Ohio. The judge is an experienced municipal judge from Barberton and does not regret his retort and claims his comments were to "get the defendant's attention".
Judge doesn’t regret telling drug offender he’d be ‘doing society a favor’ if he killed himself in overdose
A longtime judge is not backing down from admonishing a defendant for his drug use by telling the man he would be “doing society a favor” if he went home and killed himself during another binge.
The exchange, recorded in Akron Municipal Court, started with a review of the lengthy criminal record of an uncooperative defendant, Keith William Waterbeck, 21, who repeatedly had violated his probation from a domestic violence case.
Retired Barberton Municipal Judge Michael L. Weigand handled the June 30 court hearing with a quick retort after Waterbeck asked to be helped by being placed in a court diversion program.
“Well, you’re not going to help yourself,” Weigand said, explaining that his dilemma was “balancing spending the taxpayers’ money, or just letting you go out and maybe kill yourself.”
Waterbeck responded: “But that’s what I’m trying not to do, though.”
Weigand then told him: “Well, you’d be doing society a favor if you did.”