Activist Victoria Peterson attended a bond hearing last week for Crystal Mangum, who is accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death in 2010. Mangum was asking to have her $200,000 bond lowered, her charges dismissed or to be let out of jail with electronic monitoring.
Peterson, a vocal supporter of Mangum dating back to the 2006 Duke Lacrosse case, said last week she is considering running for the City Council this year. During the hearing, Peterson stood up in the courtroom and asked to comment on Mangum's behalf. Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson had a comment of his own before he let her speak.
“This may be the day that Ms. Peterson has chosen to kick off her election campaign," Hudson said, “The decision she said she was not going to make the other day in the newspaper.
“So I guess you'll take this opportunity to make a public statement that you're going to run. ... We await your decision. Why could you possibly be standing my courtroom to offer some kind of statement in support of Ms. Mangum?”
Peterson has run for office multiple times, without success. In court, she ignored Hudson's comment and made her statement, which also went without success. Hudson denied all Mangum's requests.