Hundreds of Cockroaches Attend Jury Duty

If the court hearing does not sound favorable to a party, releasing hundreds of cockroaches is always an option to disrupt the legal proceeding.

Albany City Court was forced to shut down after hundreds of cockroaches were let loose inside the courtroom. Clyanna Lightbourn, 34, was arrested as a result of causing this pest infestation.

Darrell Camp from the Albany County District Attorney’s Office said: “What it looks like is they were put there intentionally. I don’t want to jump to any sort of conclusions or make any accusations but it seems that they were put there as some form of protest.”

No one accidentally brings hundreds of cockroaches to a trial. The cockroaches were brought into the building in plastic containers by Lightbourn.

According to the court documents, a person was filming this incident unfold and court officials were ordering the person to stop. This incident took place during the arraignment of four people for a prior arrest at the Capitol.

Camp added: “There are a number of issues: there is a court proceeding that had to be upended and moved because of one’s actions or it could be several people. Who knows at this point. But this is the kind of thing you don’t want to set a precedent for people being able to do because that would embolden further people in the future.”

Albany City Court declared: “What transpired is not advocacy or activism, it is criminal behavior with the intent to disrupt a proceeding and cause damage. Prosecution and restitution for the costs of the cleanup as taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill for these actions.”

Taxpayers are spared the pest control bills. At least the roaches got new grounds to explore for a day.