Judge in Murder Trial Announces He's Getting 'Horny' From All the Sex Being Discussed

A judge in Bermuda has been reprimanded for making inappropriate comments during a murder trial, including telling a witness his testimony made him "horny."

Judge Carlisle Greaves, who retired as a junior Supreme Court justice in August, was presiding over a murder trial in July when he made his remarks, according to the Royal Gazette.

Last fall, Khyri Smith-Williams was being tried for the fatal 2011 shooting of Colford Ferguson when prosecutorial witness Troy Harris told the court that Smith-Williams confessed to driving the getaway vehicle but told him another man, Rasheed Muhammad, had actually pulled the trigger.

Harris indicated he knew Smith-Williams, in part, because they shared a number of sexual partners. He also cursed repeatedly during his testimony—called Muhammad a "f*ggot" and making numerous references to "f*cking p*ssy".

In response, Judge Greaves told the court, "All this sex is beginning to get me horny."

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Smith-Williams was ultimately found guilty in October 2018 and sentenced to 35 years in prison. In an appeal, his defense attorney, Jerome Lynch, claimed the "horny" comment and others like it—were proof Greaves had behaved inappropriately during the trial. Lynch also argued that Greaves' failure to censure Harris' profanity gave him "tacit approval" to use it.

The appeal was rejected in July, with Justice Maurice Kay saying Greaves "has a very personal style, whereby he engages with witnesses, defendants, juries and advocates in an informal way, often using casual language and rich metaphors.

In his judgment, Kay conceded that Greaves' comment was inappropriate "and inimical to the dignity of court proceedings."

"Mr Lynch was justified in criticizing it. However, I do not believe that it damaged the defense or had the potential to undermine the safety of the conviction," he added.

But Kay defended his allowing Smith-Williams to speak vulgarly.

"In relation to Harris, it was important that the judge should facilitate his evidence, whatever it turned out to be," he said. "If he took the view, and I suspect he did, that the best course was to let the witness have his say, subject to the rules of evidence, rather than seek to inhibit him, it seems to me that that was an exercise of judgment which was open to him."

Lynch had also claimed Muhammad came to his offices after Harris was found guilty and confessed to the murder, providing an unsigned affidavit from Muhammad to that effect.

Justice Kay claimed the last-minute confession "[did] not immediately inspire confidence."

"There are insurmountable problems in the way of admitting the so-called fresh evidence of Mr Muhammad," he ruled. "The notion that a conviction for premeditated murder might be set aside, on the basis of an unsworn affidavit attributed to the alleged principal offender, where the only other material attributable to him is his denial in interview when under arrest and caution seven years after the event, is unattractive in the extreme."

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