St. Joseph District Court Judge Jeffrey Middleton, seen in an older photo, threatened to bring the ‘fool’ in who had logged into court under a crass name
A Michigan judge ripped into a ‘fool’ who logged into his virtual court appearance as ‘Buttf**ker 3000.’
St. Joseph District Court Judge Jeffrey Middleton presided while the man, Nathaniel Saxton, appeared over the Zoom conference on Tuesday on a count of possession of drug paraphernalia in the city of Three Rivers, Law & Crime reported.
After the exchange, Saxton, who previously worked at a horse trailer factory, blamed the screenname on his sister while the angry judge noted that he almost had him put in jail for contempt of court.
‘Then we’ll bring this fool in,’ the judge says at the start of the court appearance.
The ‘Buttf**ker 3000’ name is seen on the screen as Saxton peers into his video chat box, the video shows.
‘Good morning, sir, what’s your name?’ Middleton asks.
Saxton realizes the judge is talking to him and identifies himself.
‘My name is Nathaniel Saxton, sir,’ he says.
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The video shows Saxton, bottom right, had appeared in court as ‘Buttf**ker 3000’
After he was scolded by the judge, top left, and banished from the court, he reappeared with the name ‘Nathaniel Saxaon’ – misspelling even his own name
The judge retorts: ‘Your name is not Buttf**ker 300, you yo-ho, logging into my court with that as your screen name?’
‘What kind of idiot logs into court like that?’ the judge continues, as one woman who username identified her as Kaitlyn Torzewski in the virtual courtroom puts her hand over her mouth.
‘What’s your name again?’ the judge asks again.
Saxton, red with embarrassment, appears confused while trying to figure out how to fix the awkward standoff.
‘Nathaniel Saxton sir, but I don’t believe that I typed anything like that in,’ Saxton says.
‘Well, that’s what it says,’ the judge responds.
Saxton then tries to apologize while the judge interrupts and says: ‘Yeah, you should.’
‘I’m going to put you in the waiting room, you can sit in limbo for a while and think about what you call yourself on line,’ the judge says.
After Judge Middleton banishes Saxton, another man is heard laughing on the Zoom conference before he then lays into the next man telling him to take his hat off during his video appearance.
Eventually, Saxton makes his reappearance as ‘Nathaniel Saxaon’ – misspelling his own name in the Zoom room.
‘Your honor, if I may explain, my sister was the one who set up my Zoom account or whatever,’ Saxton says, noting that it was an inside joke.
He adds: ‘It’s not what you think, I’m embarrassed. I’m sorry.’
The judge then proceeds to hear a few of the cases before returning once more to Saxton’s.
His drug paraphernalia charge was described in court as a violation of a city ordinance and punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.
Saxton initially pleaded not guilty but changed his mind after the judge told him the normal fine for the charge is $200. Prosecutor John Barnes had said he was found with a used syringe that tested positive of meth residue.
The judge then slapped him with the $200 fine for taking ‘responsibility’ for the syringe before asking him if his sister was with him.
‘No, unfortunately, she is not,’ Saxton responds.
‘Tell her she almost got you put in jail for contempt of court,’ the judge says.
Saxton apologizes again, before the judge simply says: ‘Okay.’
Another person who entered the courtroom’s name showed up as ‘Paula’s iPhone.’