A North Georgia judge – in a heated, vulgar and homophobic exchange with a murder suspect – called the man “a queer,” mocked him for being a “butt boy” and assured him that he'd find all the “white boy” sex he wanted in jail.
The exchange unfolded on June 17 during an 11-minute hearing between Floyd County Superior Court Judge Bryant Durham Jr., and Denver Fenton Allen (photo), who is charged with murder. Allen, 31, is charged with beating to death Stephen Rudolph Nalley in August 2015 when the two were cellmates at the Floyd County Jail. Law blogger Keith Lee shared the full transcript.
Allen appeared before Durham to request that a new public defender be assigned to his case. Allen told the judge that his current lawyer demanded that Allen allow him to perform oral sex on him “to do a good job” representing him during his upcoming murder case.
Durham said he didn't believe Allen's allegation, at which point the hearing quickly goes sideways. Allen tells the judge, “fuck you” and Durham responds with a contempt of court charge.
Then Allen aims his fascination with oral sex at the judge, bragging about his “donkey dick” and wondering aloud if Durham could handle it.
Allen then makes it clear to the court that he prefers sex with “white boys with big butts.” That's when Durham calls Allen “queer.”
And then the judge seems a bit fascinated with Allen's “donkey dick” and oral sex.
In the heat of the exchange – after already calling Allen a “queer” and referring to “butt boys” – Durham then implies that the Floyd County Jail will provide all of the same-sex relations that Allen desires.
The hearing devolves further with more name-calling as Allen refers to the judge as an “old bitch-ass cracker.”
Allen threatens to kill the judge's family and then implies that he killed Nalley after the victim made a sexual advance while the two shared a jail cell.
Then, Allen offers to masturbate on the judge – while the judge taunts him to do so.
After the courtroom outburst, Allen faces additional charges of contempt and terroristic threats. And Durham could face scrutiny from state officials, according to the AJC.
The judge, while provoked in the extreme, made comments that could land him in trouble with the state judicial ethics agency. He not only exchanged vulgarities with Allen, he also said it was his “guess” that he’d find Allen guilty and that Allen would find out “how nasty I really am.”
Durham would not comment on the incident because the case against Allen is still pending, his office said. Durham, a former private attorney, was appointed to the bench more than a dozen years ago by then-Gov. Sonny Perdue.