Daniel St. Hubert was given the nickname “The Brooklyn Ripper” after he was indicted for killing a six-year old and nearly killing his 7-year old friend in a frenzied knife attack.
St. Hubert claims: “I’m innocent, and these charges being brought against me is basically a setup placed on me by the law. These evil things that I’m going through, you know, it just tells me the devil is calling me. I don’t want the devil. I want God. I’m going through hell, you understand?”
While listening to this, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Del Giudice pretends to stroke his white beard – but a telltale blue light in his closed palm alerted onlookers. A court worker is reported as saying: “Everybody knows about it, but nobody says anything.”
While most British vapers would struggle to see the issue with a sneaky bit of stealthy vaping, a 2017 New York law bans the use of electronic cigarettes inside buildings and public spaces where smoking is already banned.
A lawyer not involved in this case has been quoted as commenting: “I wouldn’t ever think it’s appropriate to even do that in a public building, much less on the bench.” While a second added: “The only reason I never became a judge is because I can’t smoke my cigars on the bench.”
Should the judge be reported he faces the prospect of a fine of up to $2,000 (just under £1,500). Do you think it’s appropriate for a judge to be vaping on the job? Does it make a difference that it is a serious murder trial?