It seems like you do not want to be a defendant in Brevard County Judge John Murphy’s courtroom, that man doesn’t play around.
According to the video below, the judge was getting tired of the public defender and challenged him from the bench. The judge asked the public defender to sit down and when that didn’t happen the entire incident took a crazy twist.
The public defender was blindsided because he thought that the judge was going to talk to him in the hallway. When his judgeship reached the hallway, he commenced beating down the public defender. Now that’s crazy.
Source: LA Times
“You know, if I had a rock, I would throw it at you right now,” Murphy tells Weinstock. “Just sit down.”
“You know I’m the public defender. I have a right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my client,” Weinstock says in the video.
The judge then appears to ask Weinstock to come to the back hallway, an area where there are no cameras, which is where the fight apparently broke out.
“If you want to fight, let’s go out back,” Murphy tells Weinstock before the pair head off camera.
There were no images of the fight, but the video does capture sounds of scuffling and several loud thuds.
“The attorney said that immediately upon entering the hallway he was grabbed by the collar and began to be struck,” said Blaise Trettis, public defender of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court. “There was no discussion, no talk, not even time for anything. Just as soon as they’re in the hallway, the attorney was grabbed.”
Two deputies broke up the fight, and the attorney was immediately reassigned to another area so he and the judge would not have to interact with each other.
Maybe the judge was having a bad day, Or perhaps it’s just time for the judge to retire, maybe he’s been on the bench too long. That was no way for a judge to act in a courtroom. Still trying to figure out who the audience was clapping.
What did you think of this incident? Do you think the public defender had a right to defend himself against the judge or should he have sat down? Share your comments below.
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