Florida Judge Punches Public Defender in His Chambers (Video)
"You want to fuck with me?" the voice was heard saying, as the sound of scuffling and crashing debris echoed throughout the courtroom from behind the closed door. "Do you?!" the voice repeated as more slams could be heard.
"All right!" the other voice screamed out.
The judge, who apparently had just finished beating up a public defender in his chambers, walked back out to his courtroom to applause from those listening in disbelief.
Judge John Murphy, a Brevard County judge who once applied to be a Florida Supreme justice, apparently had had enough lip from public defender Andrew Weinstock during a hearing on Monday.
The two seemed to have tension as Murphy was pushing Weinstock to get his client to waive his right to a speedy trial.
In the video, Weinstock delivers some dismissive answers when Murphy asks him about what he wants to do.
With that, Murphy seems to lose his patience, saying, "You know, if I had a rock, I would throw it at you right now. Stop pissing me off. Just sit down."
"You know I'm the public defender," Weinstock replies. "I have a right to be here, and I have a right to stand and represent my client."
That's when Murphy had apparently had had enough of Weinstock's disrespect.
"If you want to fight, let's go out back and I'll just beat your ass," he tells Weinstock.
Inexplicably, Weinstock then follows Murphy back into the judge's chambers, where it doesn't take long for the fisticuffs to start flying.
The video's audio, found by WFTV, captured the violent sounds of a scuffle and things crashing as Murphy yells at Weinstock.
It took two deputies to separate the men.
Murphy then walked back into the courtroom and sat back at his bench.
"I will catch my breath eventually," he then said. "Man, I'm an old man."
WFTV reports that Weinstock thought the two men were going to talk out their differences. But, the report says, as soon as he was out of the courtroom, Murphy grabbed him by the collar and proceeded to beat him up.
WFTV also reports that Weinstock was left with a bruise on his head following the altercation.
So far, no charges have been filed, but the incident is being reported to the Florida Bar.
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