A Florida judge by the name of John C. Murphy has lost his job because of a courtroom brawl that he started when a public defender refused to waive his client’s rights.
The entire ordeal was captured on courtroom cameras, and the judge comes off looking like a temperamental post-adolescent.
The video begins with the typical dialogue between judge and public defender.
However, when the judge doesn’t like one of the answers given by the public defender, he responds like a child:
“You know if I had a rock I would throw it at you right now. Stop pissing me off. Just sit down.”
What angered the judge to the point of developmental regression was the fact that public defender, Andrew Weinstock, refused to waive his client’s right to a speedy trial.
When pushed by the judge, Weinstock comes back with this:
“You know I’m the public defender. I have a right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my client.”
That’s when the judge goes all high school and shouts:
“If you wanna fight, let’s go out back and I’ll just beat your ass.”
The attorney follows the judge into a hallway when commotion can be heard and the bailiff is seen rushing over, just out of the camera’s view.
Murphy can be heard screaming:
“Do you wanna f*ck with me? Do you?”
Blaise Trettis, public defender of the 18th Judicial Court, said this:
“The attorney said that immediately upon entering the hallway he was grabbed by the collar and began to be struck. There was no discussion, no talk, not even time for anything. Just as soon as they’re in the hallway, the attorney was grabbed.”
The Florida Supreme Court issued this statement:
“[Murphy’s] grievous misconduct became a national spectacle and an embarrassment to Florida’s judicial system. Judge Murphy’s conduct is fundamentally inconsistent with the responsibilities of judicial office and necessitates his removal.”
Murphy’s doctor states that he has PTSD from serving in the military in his youth, as well as fatigue and grief from the recent death of his father.
Either way, he is no longer fit to hold the title of judge.
Video courtesy of WFTV:
Source: Raw Story