Peeing in Courtroom Trash Cans Isn't Advisable

Looking for ways to make your upcoming criminal trial more memorable for everyone involved? Urinating into a courtroom trash can while the judge and various spectators are present is one way to achieve results, as one Texas teen recently demonstrated.

It might not go over well with everyone, though. As KYTX-TV ("your local news leader" in Tyler, Texas) reports, after 17-year-old defendant Corey Webb walked over to a courtroom trash can, undid his pants, and peed into that can like it was a perfectly normal thing to do, a judge scolded him:

"I don't know how you were raised, but peeing in a trash can in a state district courtroom is inappropriate behavior. This is the second conversation we've had. There won't be a third."

Just keep in mind that your judge might respond similarly.

For those of you who are wondering why Webb was in court in the first place: In July 2010, he reportedly pulled a gun out of his backpack and shot at an intake officer inside the Smith Juvenile Attention Center. This resulted in an aggravated assault of a peace officer charge, which carries a prison sentence ranging from five years to life. A news report suggests that Webb's mother blames the attention center for her son's crime because officers allegedly never checked Webb's bag for weapons. Huh.

We're much more sympathetic to claims made by Webb's grandmother that the teen might suffer from some kind of mental disorder. Besides peeing into the trash can, Webb also mumbled during court proceedings and tried to fire his lawyer. Then he pleaded guilty to the charge. Because of all the erratic behavior, his lawyer requested a mental-competency test.

Webb's not the only courtroom urinator of 2011: In February, ex-Marine Kesaun Sykes flung urine around the courtroom and ranted about demons during his murder trial. It didn't help his case. In general, it's probably wise to remember that peeing in courtrooms is not a common practice, and that most people tend to look down upon it.

[CBS 19, Houston Chronicle]