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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Judge and Public Defender Get Into Fistfight

     A judge allegedly struck a public defender on June 2, 2014 after a verbal confrontation in a Brevard County, Florida courtroom….The public defender's office says Judge John Murphy is accused of hitting Andrew Weinstock.

     During a court session in Viera, Florida, Murphy asked Weinstock to waive his client's right to a speedy trial, but Weinstock refused….The confrontation leading up to the fight was captured on video….

     The two went into a hallway, where Murphy allegedly grabbed Weinstock by the collar and started hitting him….A Brevard County sheriff's deputy stopped the fight….The video shows the judge being applauded as he returned to the courtroom, alone. Another public defender says it appeared that the public defender had been hit in the head.

     The participants refused to press charges, and no arrests were made….Both men could lose their jobs and possibly be disbarred.

"Florida Judge Accused of Hitting Lawyer Outside Courtroom," CBS News, June 3, 2014 

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