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Warrant issued for woman jailed for contempt of court


ELYRIA — An arrest warrant has been issued for an Elyria woman who was ordered jailed for 300 days last year for contempt of court after cursing at Elyria Municipal Court Judge Gary Bennett during a court appearance.

Court records indicate that after Ebony Burks, 32, had served 88 days of her jail sentence she was released in December to participate in the residential Key for Women Program. But Burks lasted less than a month in the program, according to court records.

“The defendant has been asked to leave treatment due to her negative behavior,” a Jan. 2 docket entry said.

Bennett issued a warrant for Burks’ arrest Jan. 14 after she failed to report back to jail to serve out the remaining 212 days of her sentence.

Burks was making a video appearance from the Lorain County Jail before Bennett on Aug. 14 when she began to argue with the judge, who began incrementally imposing jail time on her. He reached 200 days behind bars before Burks walked away from the camera.

The judge then heard her making comments and asked if she had anything else to say, to which she replied, “(expletive) you!” Bennett then increased the jail time to 300 days.

Burks has pleaded out in separate domestic violence and assault cases for which she was fined, given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to undergo a substance abuse evaluation.


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