Judge admonishes Bridgeport politicians
BRIDGEPORT - Tony Barr and Maria Pereira entered the courtroom Thursday afternoon frowning and left nearly three hours later crying.
Not because Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis granted their respective applications for protective order- she didn’t, patiently explaining that their allegations against each other did constitute stalking, a requirement for the order.
But more likely it was her words, like a mother hen, admonishing them as public figures to act like ones.
“To your credit you have worked to make things better in the city and as a result your paths have crossed and will continue to cross,” the judge told them. “As public figures you have to face criticism and negativity.”
Pereira, a member of the city’s Board of Education, and Barr a member of the Democratic Town Committee filed applications against each other. Pereira claimed Barr is delusional and a threat to her while Barr countered that Pereira has called him a drunk and a drug addict.
During the hearing Jorge Cruz testified Pereira has attacked Barr’s character while Board of Education member Ben Walker contended Barr is an angry person.
Evidence was also presented to the judge that Barr has posted a number of videos on Facebook making derogatory statements against Pereira. In one he dangles a small pen knife which she tearfully told the judge she considered to be a threat.
“That is bad behavior,” the judge admonished Barr. “Mr. Barr you would be wise not posting any more videos mentioning her name especially with knives because you could end up back in court and this could end differently.”
Barr nodded his head in agreement.