VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom will take a temporary leave of absence so he can get anger management counseling.

The chief judge of Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit said Tuesday that all of Judge John Murphy’s cases have been reassigned to other judges.

Chief Judge John Harris says the public expects a higher standard of behavior from judges than that which was exhibited by Murphy on Monday.

Murphy allegedly hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock outside a courtroom after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

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8 thoughts on “Florida Judge Accused Of Punching Attorney

  1. Honestly on said:

    This is violent cave n!@@er behavior, the true nature of these mayonnaise monkeys. This is why I don’t give a damn about the judicial flaws of these cave apes. They should be driven back into the caves of Europe.

  2. I said it. on said:

    People keep going outside when asked. (The guy with Mike Epps.) What do they think they are going outside for? It’s so high school. If someone tells me to step outside and we are having a dispute, I’m going to let them know that they sound crazy. What do I look like as an adult stepping outside to fight. It’s silly. The person who goes should not be allowed to be compensated for participating in that tomfoolery.

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