Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Stay out of Brevard county!

This story is insane:

A judge allegedly struck a public defender Monday after a verbal confrontation in a Brevard County courtroom.

Judge John Murphy is accused of hitting Andrew Weinstock, according to the public defender's office.

During a court session, Murphy asked Weinstock to waive his client's right to a speedy trial, but Weinstock refused, the public defender's office said.

The confrontation leading up to the fight was captured on video.

"If I had a rock, I would throw it at you right now," Murphy said. "Stop pissing me off. Just sit down. I'll take care of it. I don't need your help. Sit down."

"I'm the public defender, I have the right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my clients," Weinstock said.

"Sit down," Murphy said. "If you want to fight, let's go out back and I'll just beat your ass."

"Let's go right now," Weinstock said.

The two went into a hallway and Murphy allegedly grabbed Weinstock by the collar and started hitting him, according to the public defender's office.

Although off camera, the two can still be heard yelling at each other, with one of them saying, "You want to (expletive) with me?"

A Brevard County sheriff’s deputy stopped the fight.

The participants refused to press charges, and no arrests were made.

Video also shows the judge being applauded as he returned to the courtroom.

It's not known if the judge or public defender will face any disciplinary action.

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Meantime, let's go HEAT:


Archimboldi said...


@draculawyer (fake alex michaels) said...

I love dat Judge. Dats da vay to litigate a case!

Anonymous said...

Lebatard is embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

Dacula lawyer would have wooped up that judge.

Anonymous said...

Rumpole has the video.

Anonymous said...

coarseness in america is getting worse and worse

Anonymous said...

Let's be honest: sometimes defense attorneys just really deserve it.

Anonymous said...

Pretty shameful - seems to me the guy is a complete jackass.

Anonymous said...

wanna bet the judge is a former prosecutor?

Archimboldi said...

2:45 -- Objection, form. Which guy?

Literati said...

3:33, you appear to be wrong.


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Anonymous said...

I wonder if this will be a topic for the Inn of Court this week: What Judges Wants Lawyers to Know. Waive speedy trial or I'll take you outside and beat your ass.

Anonymous said...

From the reaction of the CSO's and others regularly present in court (ASA), this is not the first time this judge has done this. Also, note how the next defendant tries to brownnose the judge by piling on the defense attorney.
I wonder which judge in the SDFla is best equiped to kick some a__?

Anonymous said...

I think Judge Huck would be the toughest to fight.

Kissimmee Kid said...

No, really, stay out of Brevard County. Not just hometowned, butt-whipped too.