Fla. Judge Who Smacked Public Defender Given Leave of Absence
Florida Judge John Murphy got angry when a public defender refused to waive speedy trial. He told the defender if he wanted to fight, to go into the hallway and he'd beat his as*. The public defender didn't think he meant he'd physically beat him, and went into the hallway to continue the verbal dispute. The judge smacked him. The camera doesn't catch the hallway brawl, but you can hear it.
Judge Murphy has been relieved of his duties and will undergo anger management. The public defender's office will file a bar complaint against the judge.
The public defender who got whooped has declined to press charges. [More...]
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