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‘Let’s go out back’ judge tells lawyer — before allegedly punching him

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There were shocking scenes in a Florida courtroom yesterday.

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Footage has emerged of an extraordinary bust-up between a judge and a lawyer which culminated in what seems to have been a full-on fist fight.

The incident, which occurred yesterday, sees Judge John Murphy berate public defender Andrew Weinstock in a highly unprofessional manner after he became annoyed at his refusal to waive his client’s right to a speedy trial. The judge then invites the lawyer to “go out back” to an area of the court with no cameras. The courtroom camera captures audio of shouting, swearing and what seems to be a scuffle, with several loud thuds.

Afterwards, Judge Murphy amazingly returns to his seat and continues the case over which he was presiding. “I will catch my breath eventually. Man, I’m an old man,” he says as he gathers his composure.

According to WFTV, it doesn’t appear that charges will be filed. However, the public defender’s office said the incident will be reported to the Florida Bar.

Here is a transcript of the bust-up, which can be viewed in the video below.

Murphy: 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: I’m the public defender, I have the right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my clients.

Murphy: Sit down. If you want to fight, let’s go out back and I’ll just beat your ass.

Weinstock: Let’s go right now.

They go outside

Murphy: (shouting) You wanna fuck with me? Do you?

Incomprehensible yelling

An extended version of the video, which includes the section where the judge returns to court and continues presiding over cases, can be viewed here.

3 Comments

Phil

Got to love the Americans!

Where’s Niteowl?

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Niteowl Attorney

That’s a terrible display of bad manners, which has thankfully been resolved. I understand you come from a country smaller than my aunt’s peach orchard, and that you have only one city to speak of, but you have to understand – we are a nation of many nations here (states).

That all said, this is the same kind of fighting spirit that was conspicuously absent during your efforts in France in 1940 after your government said that it would “protect its allies in Europe”, and which was conspicuously present when we and the Canadians and Australians had to finish something you couldn’t – despite starting it.

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Juan Pertayta

Niteowl, you’re sounding like a priggish Young Republican now. Keep to the wig and gown routine, it’s much more entertaining.

In any case, what are you doing on here? Shouldn’t you be busy brawling with a judge or appealing to the largesse of a Bronx jury?

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