Kodak Black and his legal team are stunningly delighted after hearing “highly inappropriate” comments made by the judge that ordered him to remain behind bars, which caused him to be banned from presiding over criminal court after suggesting he fixes bonds for defendants near his home.

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Broward County senior Judge Joel Lazarus accidentally spoke into a hot microphone over a live internet broadcast January 19 while preparing for first appearance hearings and told a prosecutor that he would “double the bond to those that take place in my neighborhood.” He then elaborated and said,

“Closer to my house, the higher the bond. That was always the Lazarus rule.”

Kodak Black was in Judge Lazarus’ court room that day, and was denied bond minutes after the controversial comments were made.


He later claimed to be joking, but the Broward County Chief Judge barred Lazarus from presiding over first appearance court in the future, and also from anything involving criminal court over the “clearly inappropriate” statement.

Kodak currently remains in Broward County Jail on seven charges, including a parole violation.