On July 17, 1979, Ted Bundy was cited in contempts as he arrived in court 35 minutes late after a 10-minute talk with his attorneys in his jail cell.
Judge Cowart : I want to tell you something, young man, that I want to tell you clearly and unequivocally so you understand. This court is not going to follow your schedule. This court is going to set the time when we convene and when we do not convene. I’ve given you every conceivable privilege to discuss matters with your counsel, to be with your counsel, and if there is any more delay in this court’s proceedings occasioned by your voluntary acts, we’re proceeding without you.
Bundy : Since I’m being held in Dade County, I’ve been laboring under conditions causing me stress.
Cowart : Don’t shake your finger at me young man! Don’t shake your finger at me young man! Good… You can shake it at Mr. Haggard.
Bundy: I’m being held in a hell hole of a jail cell. This railroad train is running and I’ll get off if I want to get off. There comes a time when the only thing I can do is passively resist. There comes a time when I have to say, whoa.
Cowart : If you holler whoa as it relates to these proceedings any more, I’m going to be using spurs and overcoming that whoa.
Bundy : Giddyap, as it were.
Cowart : Then we’re together. Bless your heart, I just hope you’ll stay with us, because if you don’t, we’ll miss you.