YSL Trial: Facing a contempt charge, defense attorney turns to Magic City

Tardy attorney ordered to buy lunch said he could do better than cold sandwiches
Attorney Suri Chadha Jimenez, left, bought wings for attorneys in the YSL case after being held in contempt for being late to court on Tuesday.

Credit: Suri Chadha Jimenez

Credit: Suri Chadha Jimenez

Attorney Suri Chadha Jimenez, left, bought wings for attorneys in the YSL case after being held in contempt for being late to court on Tuesday.

After attorney Suri Chadha Jimenez was a few minutes late to court on Tuesday, Chief Judge Ural Glanville held him in contempt and ordered him to buy lunch for the rest of the attorneys in the “Young Slime Life” case.

Glanville suggested a nearby sandwich shop but Jimenez, who represents Cordarius Dorsey, said he could do better and sprang for Magic City wings.

Magic City, the iconic strip club on Forsyth Street, doesn’t open until 5 p.m. and the kitchen doesn’t open until 3 p.m., but the club worked things out for Jimenez. Lunch was ready at 12:30 p.m. Friday.

“They made a chef come in early, cook all the delicious wings for us,” Jimenez said. “They were hot and ready for me to pick up at the time they told me. They made it happen so I was very happy.”

Another case in Cobb County forced his late arrival to the Fulton County Courthouse, he noted.

Attorney Suri Chadha Jimenez ordered LouWill Lemon Pepper and Justice Magic wings for his fellow attorneys to enjoy.

Credit: Suri Chadha Jimenez

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Credit: Suri Chadha Jimenez

Jimenez ordered LouWill Lemon Pepper BBQ wings (a delicacy so prized that Goldbelly offers to ship them for $104.95) and Justice Magic wings and said the order was a huge hit, with some lawyers coming back for seconds and thirds. Judge Glanville did not eat with the attorneys but Jimenez said his staff took some back for His Honor to enjoy.

“I like to support local businesses, I like to support minority employers,” Jimenez said. “I’ve been there many times to show my support for the local community.”

He added that while he and the attorneys relished the feast, they wished they could have shared the meal with their clients. The repast was the most recent (and most delicious) episode involving the trial. Jury selection started Jan. 4 and not a single juror has been seated, but one was ordered to write a 30-page essay, another spent hours in custody and a third ordered to sit through the first five days of trial, whenever it begins in earnest, after various infractions. Another juror who sassed the judge merely had to apologize.

Meanwhile, defense attorney Eric Johnson submitted a 17-page research paper after being found in contempt for leaving the courtroom without permission. He faced 20 days in jail, but Glanville told him he could avoid the slammer by penning the lengthy research paper on “The importance of professionalism in the legal field.”

Johnson also got in trouble earlier this year for not wearing his mask properly inside the courtroom and was issued four $10 “fines” and ordered to donate the money to charity. Johnson donated $50 to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and $10 to Strippers United, a labor and rights movement for exotic dancers in the U.S.