A Florida judge challenged an attorney to a fist fight when things in the courtroom got heated. This is the place you end up facing charges if you get into a physical altercation, but things took a bizarre twist. The judge was fuming at this lawyer yelling out “I’ll just beat your ass,” and then clocked the attorney in the head, according to News 10 on June 4.
The courtroom was full and the witnesses were plentiful when Judge John Murphy first offered to step outside and fight Assistant Public Defender Andrew Weinstock. The courtroom camera was running, catching the argument leading up to this incident word for word. Once the two men met face to face the judge grabbed him by the collar and punched him in the head. Jaws dropped as the judge’s choice of words were like hearing a street fight about to erupt.
So what started this unbelievable show of anger and violence in the courtroom? As you can see in the video above, the judge and Weinstock are arguing about a refusal to wave a client’s right to a speedy trail.
The judge said that he is not waiving in any case and tells the public defender “You know if I had a rock I would throw it at you right now. Stop pissing me off. Just sit down. I’ll take care of it. I don’t need your help. Sit down.”
Weinstock tells the judge that he has a right to stand and defend his clients. This hit a bad cord with the judge who is seen getting visibly angrier by the second.
According to UPI News today, the judge asked this lawyer if he wanted to go out back. The attorney said that he did. It is unbelievable what happened next.
This is when the judge said, “You want to fight this?” he continues with “lets go out back and I’ll beat your ass.” The men then disappear off camera and a loud bang is heard. The men were in a hallway that is behind the courtroom. It is an area typically used for judges and jurors.
Public Defender Blaise Trettis was in the hallway and said that as soon as the two men stepped into the hallway the judge grabbed Weinstock by the collar and started to punch him in the head.
When the two courtroom bailiffs came to work that morning it was probably the last thing they ever expected to do under their job description was to pull the judge off a lawyer, but that is what they did, break up this ludicrous fight. The judge gathered his composure and headed back in to the packed courtroom
When the judge comes back into the courtroom and takes his seat, he got a round of applause from all of those gathered in the room. The public defender did not come back into court.
This was a bizarre incident and from what Trettis reports, Judge Murphy has a long and “really outstanding legal career.” He was hoping that this incident does nothing to tarnish it. He also said that this is an “isolated” incident for the judge, who doesn’t behave this way. No charges were filed against either men. The video of the courtroom fight has gone viral, so this is an incident that the judge will probably be remember for in the future. This is headline news around the nation today.