Deputies stopped an attorney from pulling a gun in court Tuesday afternoon as he was trying to illustrate a point for the judge in a case he was defending.
The gun, concealed under the suit coat of attorney Frank Buck, was not real, just like the gun he maintained his client was accused of having was not real, calling it a case of mistaken identification. However, the showing of any firearm, real or not, was not going to happen in General Sessions Court as Judge Larry Ross stopped Buck from pulling the gun even though the attorney argued it pertained to his case.
“We aren’t going to start that up here,” said Ross, noting even a toy gun would not be tolerated in the courtroom.
The incident happened while Buck was defending a case in which it was claimed a woman was threatened by a gun during a domestic incident. The defense denied the charges with Buck saying the gun was not real, thus his wanting to use the fake gun as an example.
According to preliminary reports, Buck told an officer working the courtroom door of his plan, showing it was in fact not a real gun. However, the officer in front of the court had not been told, that is, until it was almost time for Buck to pull the gun.
At that point, the court officer nearest the judge was told of the plan. The officer then quickly told the judge, who also was unaware of Buck’s plan, prompting Judge Ross to forbid Buck from even pulling out the gun to show him. The court officer stood in front of the attorney to make sure he did not try to reach for the fake gun as Buck argued he wanted to show how easy it would be to mistake a fake gun for a real one.
In the end, two of the three suspects in the case, Curtis and James Davenport, were convicted on assault charges. They were both given one-year probationary sentences.