Black Attorney Told “He Wasn’t A Lawyer” Based on His Way of Dress Then Tased by Bailiff

Attorney, Jaaye Person-Lynn (Courtesy Photo)

Bailiff tased and cuffed Person-Lynn in the middle of a verbal dispute.

Meet Attorney, Jaaye Person-Lynn, he’s worked on about 250 cased and his name and practice is highly respected. Despite his expertise it all came down to what he looked like, and because the bailiff did not see Jaaye as a lawyer, he did not treat him like one.

According to Person-Lynn, he began to visualize his trip to the courts. Because he was not scheduled for a courtroom appearance, and only there to handle a standard administrative function with the clerk, he dressed casually. Person-Lynn wore sneakers, red chino pants, and a white shirt with West African dashiki prints. He headed into the destination with a clear task in mind: go to the clerk’s office.

Person-Lynn mentioned that when he reached the clerk’s office, he was advised that his task required him to go into the courtroom. He inputted his client’s case information into the kiosk in order to be called by the clerk to address a legal matter for his client.  According to Person-Lynn, this is an important detail because he was using the kiosk option specialized for lawyers only, and gave explicit detail on what he was there for, as a presenting attorney.

In that moment, the attorney window representative navigated Person-Lynn to the actual courtroom, Department S7. The reason Person-Lynn was initially there was because his client’s case conflicted with his schedule, and he needed to reschedule in order to make the appearance.

Person-Lynn entered the opened courtroom doors and made his way to the clerk’s desk, within the courtroom. Person-Lynn says the custody deputy, Paul Barrie asked him, “Do I know you?” Although off-put by the question, Person-Lynn obliged, responding with, “No, you don’t know me, but I’m here to talk to the clerk about one of my cases.”

According to Person-Lynn, the deputy looked him over and directed him to the gallery area of the courtroom, designated for the general public to view cases. Confused, attorney, Person-Lynn asked the deputy why was he being directed to go to the gallery instead of the working area of the courtroom? “The deputy said with confidence, ‘Because you’re not an attorney,’” said Person-Lynn.

Person-Lynn told deputy Barrie that he was an attorney, and there to work on one of his assigned cases.  “After I told him I was an attorney, deputy Barrie directed me to bailiff’s desk.”  Person-Lynn says, as he approached the bailiff, Deputy Sutton, she said, “Sir, you see that bar, only attorneys can pass that bar.”  He says deputy Sutton did not allow the clerk representative to check his credentials.

Again, Attorney Person-Lynn outlined his identity, reached into his back pocket to retrieve his “bar card” or identification proving his practice as a lawyer.  At that point, the first deputy pushes Person-Lynn outside the bar area.  “I wasn’t expecting that, I had no idea,” Person-Lynn explained. The energy shifts abruptly, but Person-Lynn decides not to retaliate to that initial push. He attempts to walk around the bailiff who became physical with him with no cause to do so.

The Bailiff, intruding on personal space, puts his hand on Person-Lynn’s chest. Attorney Person-Lynn brings his hand up to remove the unwelcomed connection. The reaction to the bailiff’s hand being in his personal space is being characterized as Person-Lynn “smacked” the bailiff’s hand away.

Tired from the unexpected twists and turns of this ordeal, attorney, Person-Lynn says, “ I’m an attorney. I’m an officer of the court.”  But when deputy Sutton’s response seemed dismissive, he told her he was there to talk to the clerk.

Person-Lynn was interrupted by bailiff Barrie, and was instructed to immediately “Step out.”
Seeing no malice in his intentions, Person-Lynn asked, why?  That banter led to Person-Lynn being pushed again. Waking up to the law that we abide by as a nation, Person-Lynn states, “Yall are going to have a problem, I guarantee you that.”

Person-Lynn looks over to the Bailiff and exchanged words to let him know, that the bailiff has made a grave mistake, specifically pointing out the time that the bailiff made physical contact with Person-Lynn. The attorney made note of the Bailiff’s name and said, “I’m coming after you, I promise you, I’m coming after you with everything I have and everything I learned in law school.”

Before more words were exchanged, Person-Lynn was shot with a taser at a 6-foot range. One dart went into his phone and the other dart clung to the fabric of his shirt. After that, he was rushed with cuffs and now taken in as someone who needs to be defended.

Person-Lynn is convicted with the following charge: “The defendant struck Deputy Barrie’s hand away from his chest when Deputy Barrie was attempting to hold the defendant from coming back into the area in front of the bar.”

There were nine charges that outlined Person-Lynn as an “obstructor” painting a picture of aggression and rebellion. This was printed out and given to the jury to deliberate on while processing both sides of the story.

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