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St. Louis County Court Clerk Stephanie Cook attends to her work in Judge Steven Goldman's courtroom Wednesday morning.  On September 15, 2011, Cook was surprised and shocked when a defendant spit on her on his way out of the courtroom after being convicted of 2nd degree murder of an infant.  Cook said her reaction was, "Did he just spit on me?" too shocked to do anything else.   KAREN ELSHOUT/photo
St. Louis County Court Clerk Stephanie Cook attends to her work in Judge Steven Goldman's courtroom Wednesday morning. On September 15, 2011, Cook was surprised and shocked when a defendant spit on her on his way out of the courtroom after being convicted of 2nd degree murder of an infant. Cook said her reaction was, "Did he just spit on me?" too shocked to do anything else. KAREN ELSHOUT/photo

Spitting defendant found guilty of contempt, not assault or tampering

There are many ways a criminal defendant can communicate with a court. Spitting on the clerk isn’t a good one.

There are many ways a criminal defendant can communicate with a court. Spitting on the clerk isn’t a good one.
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