Honest Criminal Takes Courtroom By Surprise

willie david riceThere are a lot of things Willie David Rice has been accused of, but being too honest might be a new one. Rice, who's facing charges of being a guard at a Florida brothel, doesn't shy away from telling the truth if you put him in the hot seat. In a federal courtroom on Thursday, the transcript reads something like this:

Judge: So, Mr. Rice. What do you do for a living?

Mr. Rice: I'm a criminal.

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There was apparently an awkward pause after Mr. Rice was so forthcoming with his response. He went on to say that he's never had legit employment. The judge was just as surprised as we were to hear that response.

U.S. District Judge William Dimitrouleas told the Sun Sentinel that in his 22 years on the bench "it's the first time I've heard that answer."

Rice, 45, was arrested back in May when the Boom Boom Room was discovered to be a brothel that used underage girls. Rice was evidently a door man of sorts, and carried a firearm. He pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm by a convicted felon and he could face 10 years in prison.

I say why we've got Rice in the hot seat, why not ask him some more questions and see if we can't get more straight-forward, honest answers. Like, "Who's come into the brothel and had sex with the underage girls?" Or a simple, "What else are you hiding?" could reveal some interesting answers.

As far as I can tell, there's no leniency for criminals who tell the truth while under oath, since, well, you're supposed to tell the truth, but I admire Rice's candidness. It was the right thing to do after being in a ton of wrong situations!

What do you think?

Photo via Boward Sheriff Office

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