Florida judge and defense attorney get into fistfight during court hearing (video)By Mason White 9:52 AM June 5, 2014
|The courtroom during the argument|
By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A judge and an attorney got into a fistfight after the judge threatened the attorney and said: “I’ll beat your a**.”
Judge John Murphy, a retired military officer, took a leave of absence after a video of his violent outbreak was made public.
The judge allegedly lost his temper and punched Andrew Weinstock, who is an assistant public defender, in a courtroom fight on Monday.
It began with a verbal confrontation that was caught on video. The judge was heard threatening the attorney before asking him to step out of the courtroom so they can fight.
“If I had a rock, I would throw it at you right now,” Judge Murphy said. “Stop pissing me off. Just sit down.” he added.
When Weinstock refused to sit down, Judge Murphy told him: “If you want to fight, let’s go out and I’ll just beat your a**.”
To the surprise of everyone in the courtroom Weinstock replied: “Let’s go right now,” and he walked towards the judge’s desk.
The two men left the courtroom and things got ugly. The judge allegedly grabbed the attorney by the collar and began punching him in the head.
Deputies had to intervene to break up the fight. Judge Murphy then returned to the courtroom where he was received by a loud applause from the courtroom audience, who heard the altercation taking place just outside of the door.
Weinstock decided not to press charges, and was assigned to another courtroom, but the incident was reported to the Bar Association of Florida and Judge Murphy has taken a leave of absence.
He also agreed to seek anger management counseling.