Judge Lets Defendant Meet His Baby for the First Time [VIDEO]
A Kentucky judge brought nearly everyone in her courtroom to tears when she allowed a defendant to see his one-month-old son for the first time.
Judge Amber Wolf tells WDRB it was "probably one of the best things I've ever done." James Roeder and his wife Ashley were co defendants, accused of breaking into a warehouse and stealing six flat-screen televisions. Wolf issued a no-contact order for the couple.
As Judge Wolf wrapped up James' case, she noticed Ashley and their son in the corridor near her courtroom, awaiting her appearance. She Called Mr. Roeder back into court, reminded everyone of the no-contact order, and allowed the defendant to hold his son.
"I don't want you to say anything about your case at all," Judge Wolf told James Roeder, according to the video. "Don't say anything. Your lawyer is not present right now. But I understand that there is a chance that you're going to go back to Todd County, and your baby is a month old, and you haven't met that baby yet. Is that right?"
Roeder answered yes. When he held his son for the first time, he and his wife began to shed tears. Wolf instructed court employees to hand Kleenex to everyone.