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Woman apologizes for damaging courtroom hallway door

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A Rochester woman cited for contempt of court Monday in a courtroom outburst says she wants to apologize publicly for what happened.

Jackie Booth, 45, became upset at a judge's decision in a case involving a family member.  An Olmsted County Sheriff's briefing officer told reporters on Wednesday morning that Booth "started yelling and ran toward the door, pushing it with such force that the door was ripped from its frame."

"It wasn't a violent outburst," said Booth on Friday morning.  "But I want to apologize to the courts for the damage to the door."

Booth said she went out into the court hallway and sat on a bench to calm down, but was then called back into the courtroom and arrested on charges of contempt of court and first degree damage to property for damaging the door leading to the hallway outside. 

Olmsted Co. District Court confirms that Booth was jailed for three days on the contempt charge.  No one at the County Attorney's office was able to answer questions about the case.

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