Reverence. That's what the rites and rituals of the Roman Catholic Church inspire. And that's exactly what all the protocol of the legal system, especially in the courtroom, seems focused on creating. Remember how the old-time courthouses had the high ceilings which, like the cathedrals of Europe, appeared to reach to the sky.
Well, Geergia-based PakLab in-house counsel Wilma Elizabeth Beaty missed the reverence part in law school and/or when practicing law. Shocking everyone, Beaty mouthed off in an email to DeKalb Court Judge Dax Lopez explaining in flip terms why she couldn't be impartial serving on a jury. The case was a personal injury one. Among other things she cited that she would "blame the plaintiff." That's because the case would cause her to have to attend to her corporate work on evenings and weekends. This is covered in the Daily Report, which you can read here.
The judge was not persuaded - or amused. He made her spend a night in jail and pay a $500 fine. He will also be telling this all to the GA bar association. One has to question the judgment of a lawyer who would mock the sanctity of the American legal system. Even we laypeople know to comport ourselves with respect in all official legal proceedings.