WATCH: Pike Co. judge attacked during court

Updated: Feb. 1, 2021 at 11:20 AM CST
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PIKE CO., Miss. (WLBT) - Chaos erupted in Pike County Justice Court last month.

Judge Aubrey Rimes was holding court on January 7 when the incident occurred. Sidney Newsome, 27, was in court charged with domestic violence.

Surveillance video shows Newsom struggling with the bailiff before throwing a stack of papers at the judge. Eventually, the judge restrains Newsome before he is taken away.

A woman and young man, who officials said are Newsome’s mother and brother, approached during the struggle.

Deputies came streaming in, taking away Newsome and his brother, who was also put into handcuffs.

Rimes charged Newsome with contempt of court and Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Bellipanni said he will probably be charged with simple assault.

At a board meeting, supervisors met with judges, constables and sheriff’s officers to discuss how to better protect court proceedings in the future.

Pike County Supervisor Robert Accardo said, “I thought it was totally ridiculous. This shouldn’t have happened, my first concern was for the people in the courtroom.”

Pike County Board of Supervisors President Robert Accardo says no one was hurt during the incident.

The video shows it was the judge who got control of the courtroom pinning the irate inmate down on a table until additional officers arrived.

Pike County Sheriff James Brumfield said, “I know Judge Rimes personally and he’s quite capable of handling himself, but you never wanna see anything like that happen in your courtroom.”

“We will increase security there whether it be constables or sheriffs deputies there will be a presence there at all times,” said Accardo.

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