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Courthouse fight over a beanie earns man criminal charges
First Published Nov 16 2013 12:49 pm • Last Updated Nov 16 2013 10:04 pm

A man decided Thursday he would rather brawl with courthouse deputies than take off his beanie, and that decision has now earned him an assault charge.

The 44-year-old man was in the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City on Thursday morning when a U.S. marshal asked him to take off his beanie and sunglasses, according to court documents. The man left the courtroom, but then refused to give deputies his ID.

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During the conversation, the man also took out a microphone that had been sewn into his jacket. When the deputies told the man that recording devices are not allowed in court, he began yelling at them, according to the documents. He then jumped up and tried to go back into the courtroom.

The deputies blocked the man’s access to the courtroom and he "began to fight with" the deputies, the documents state. The deputies finally wrestled the man to the floor with the help of an FBI agent who had been in the courtroom, and handcuffed him. The documents add that he continued to make verbal threats against the marshals even as he was secured.

One day later, the man was charged with one count of assaulting a federal officer.

jdalrymple@sltrib.com

Twitter: @jimmycdii




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