Dallas Judge Strums Bieber Song for Students; Attorney Calls it “Cruel and Unusual Punishment.”

By Jennifer Emily, Writer, Dallas News

Justin Bieber made a court appearance in Dallas last week.

So, the Biebs didn’t show up in person. But one of his songs was front and center.

State District Judge Brandon Birmingham brought his guitar on the bench and played “Love Yourself” for high school students visiting with their church. All the kids attend Lincoln High School and several are singers.

“There’s this one Justin Bieber song I really like,” the judge told them. “But don’t tell anybody.”

He originally brought out his guitar because high school students on a field trip to the courthouse didn’t know any Led Zeppelin.

Corey Martin, a bailiff assigned to Birmingham’s courtroom, filmed as the students sang and the judge strummed.

Birmingham began learning the song for his elementary school-age daughter. He heard it in the car with her a few weeks ago.

“It’s a really catchy song,” he said.

Normally, the guitar remains in the judge’s chambers.

Wednesday afternoon, in response to the video making the rounds at the courthouse, a Dallas attorney prepared a “just in case” motion that would “respectfully” request Birmingham not sing any more Bieber songs.

Brad Lollar, who works in the capital murder unit of the public defender’s office, drew up the motion — mostly in jest — should it be needed in the future.

The unfiled motion calls singing such songs a violation of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.

Birmingham has already indicated how he would rule if such a motion were filed.

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