Sorry if this had already been posted.
This probably wasn't the best idea.
TACOMA -- A judge overseeing a manslaughter case embarrassed prosecutors and upset the victim's family when she called for a Super Bowl cheer for the Seahawks before the start of the sentencing hearing.
As Judge Beverly G. Grant took the bench Friday, she asked everyone in court to say "Go Seahawks." Dissatisfied with the low volume of the response, she told them to try again.
Only then did she hear statements from prosecutors, defense lawyers and relatives of the slain Tino Patricelli, as well as an apology from defendant Steve Keo Teang, before resentencing Teang to 13 1/2 years in prison.
"The tension was very high, and I thought it would be a way of people just thinking of something else and releasing it," Grant said afterward. "It was a diversion tactic to bring unison in the group."
Kathy Patricelli, stepmother of the 28-year-old man who was shot in a fight outside a tavern, said she didn't join in the cheers.
"Super Bowl Sunday is Tino's one-year anniversary of the day he was murdered," she said. "I was a little tiny bit offended -- well, a lot offended -- because this was kind of an important day for us. Cheering for the Seahawks with Steve Teang in the room, I didn't think it was appropriate."
Pierce County Superior Court personnel were embarrassed, sheriff's Detective Ed Troyer and deputy prosecutor Sunni Y. Ko said.
"One family is seeing a son go off to prison, and one family is here to find justice for their loved one who was murdered. It's important to them. Do you think they want to root for the Seahawks?" Ko said.
Grant said she didn't mean to offend anyone: "If the prosecutor and the others took it that way, as far as I'm concerned, it's trite."
Teang, 24, of Federal Way, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Only 3 leagues this year. No sense in rooting for everyone in the NFL.