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May 21, 1987

A defiant victim of Bernhard H. Goetz was held in contempt of court for cursing during cross-examination and refusing to answer questions from the lawyer defending the subway gunman against attempted murder charges. During the angry exchanges, the witness, James Ramseur, said: "Judge, you better take me out of here." State Supreme Court Justice Stephen Crane told him to "cool it." After a brief recess, Ramseur said to the defense attorney: "I'm not going to answer the questions. You're playing f---- games." The judge then found him in contempt and said he would sentence him Friday.

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