A Miami man found one way to get a judge's attention in bond court after he was arrested for stealing a car from a high school parking lot.
As Judge Catherine M. Pooler weighed his crime, 30-year-old Calvin Lloyd Griffith twerked several times while shouting, "How you doing?" in her direction. The court burst into laughter as the judge looked on, deeply unamused. Griffith had been picked up for on suspicion of carjacking a vehicle parked at Miami Edison Senior High School.
According to WSVN, he had stolen the car keys to an employee's Volkswagon Passat off the counter of an attendance office there. In addition to twerking in court, he yelled that his mother was there. She was, in fact, in the court house and had brought him his medication, which he had reportedly abruptly stopped taking. Griffith suffers from mental illness and has a history of run-ins with the police, including burglary, and is known by officers at the court house as a "mentally impaired person." He was caught due to surveillance footage from the high school.
IN CUSTODY, case solved. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/wJY96cTydo— Miami-Dade SchoolsPD (@MiamiSchoolsPD) August 10, 2016
Apparently his twerking skills didn't get him too far, because his bond was set at $18,500. He was charged with petty theft, third-degree grand theft auto, burglary in an occupied dwelling, and trespassing a school zone. The judge ordered him never to return to the high school. Griffith planned to return to the courthouse on Friday to see a different judge and attempt to receive different charges due to his mental state.