Justice No Laughing Matter for N.C. Judge Who Jails Chuckling Defendant


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (CBS/AP) Court is no laughing matter as far as one North Carolina judge is concerned.

A Fayetteville man who was waiting for his case to be heard Friday drew the ire of Judge Toni King after starting to laugh in a Cumberland County courtroom. Authorities said King asked 47-year-old Johnny Montgomery why he was laughing, but the man refused to say.

King ordered Montgomery to jail on a misdemeanor charge. Then as deputies were preparing to take Montgomery to jail, they searched him and found more than 3 grams of crack cocaine.

Next time he probably won't even crack a smile.

Montgomery is now charged with felony drug possession.