The brawl erupted after Judge John Murphy argued with the public defender, Andrew Weinstock, in the Brevard County courtroom on Monday. The judge offered to take the fight outside, where he allegedly punched the lawyer in the face.
The brawl erupted after Judge John Murphy began to argue with the lawyer, Andrew Weinstock, in a Brevard County courtroom just outside of Orlando on Monday.
“You know, if I had a rock, I would throw it at you right now,” Murphy is heard telling the attorney in a video recording of the spat, which aired on WFTV.
“Stop p—ing me off. Just sit down.”
But Weinstock — who felt he was being pressured to talk his client into waiving his right to a speedy trial — barked back at the angry judge.
“You know I’m the public defender,” Weinstock said. “I have the right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my client.”
That’s when Murphy asked the lawyer if he wanted to settle the matter with their fists.
“If you want to fight, let’s go out back and I’ll just beat your ass,” he told Weinstock.
The lawyer can be seen in the video apparently following Murphy out of the courtroom before the sounds of a scuffle can be heard off camera.
Source: New York Daily News