A war of words between a judge and attorney in Florida ended after the judge allegedly punched the attorney in the head.
Judge John Murphy of Brevard County, Florida, challenged veteran public defender Andrew Weinstock to a fight on Monday, and it was all caught on tape and obtained by WFTV.
The station reports that Murphy pressured Weinstock during court proceedings to make his client waive his right to a speedy trial.
“I’m not waiving,” Weinstock can be heard telling the judge.
The two men, seemingly frustrated with one another, start to get heated.
“You know, if I had a rock, I would throw it at you right now,” Murphy shoots back. “Stop pissing me off!”
Murphy tells Weinstock to sit down.
“I have a right to be here,” Weinstock says to the demand.
“If you wanna fight, let’s just go out back and I’ll beat your ass!” Murphy can be heard saying. Weinstock then walks away from the camera.
Watch the video and read the whole story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/03/judge-to-attorney-beat-ass_n_5437238.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
Source: Huffington Post, “Florida Judge Tells Attorney ‘I’ll Beat Your Ass,’ Allegedly Does Just That” Sebastian Murdock, June 3, 2014.