Perhaps you've read about Steven Caruso, the foul-mouthed financial planner who got held in contempt for calling a defendant he presumed guilty a 'scumbag' during jury selection.
Scumbag quoth he.
Well, Judge William Wetzel found the term offensive and ordered him back for a contempt hearing--cue the public caterwauling...
Both the NEW YORK TIMES and NEWSDAY ran sympathetic features on this moron. Now let's be clear--Wetzel's not going to put the guy in jail--though it's likely he'll fine him 250 bucks or so. But how is it that when rich white folks presume defendants guilty, and make a mockery of system by acting in ways that are beyond disrespectful, they get the kid gloves. But when poor folks make innocent mistakes during voire dire, and get put in jail, there is hardly a peep.