This falls under the heading of “You don’t see that everyday”. I am regularly asked if I am working on any interesting cases. I can tell you that nothing compares to the NY Daily News story of the Florida Judge who threatened to beat up the lawyer… and then he did!
You might have seen this on the news. If you are in a position to watch the video below; then I promise, words cannot do it justice.
If you can’t watch it now, save it for later. Briefly described, Judge John Murphy argues with the public defender Andrew Weinstock. The Brevard County judge keeps telling the lawyer to sit down, but the lawyer refuses and tells the judge that he has a right to stand there on behalf of his client. The attorney felt that the judge was pressuring the client into waiving his right to a speedy trial.
When the judge was not getting the response that he wanted, he immediately asked the lawyer if he wanted to settle the matter with their fists. As the judge more forcefully asked, “If you want to fight, let’s go out back and I’ll just beat your a$@”. The lawyer can be seen headed toward the side door of the courtroom, and then there is the sound of scuffling. When the judge returned to the bench, he turned to the people in the courtroom and said, “I will catch my breath eventually. Man, I’m an old man”.
Did You Know that King Henry I established the unit of measurement designated as a “foot”? His arm happened to be 36 inches long and he declared the standard length of a foot to be one-third of that. Imagine if his arm had been 42 inches long. Yep… a foot would have been 14 inches.
And for pic o’ day…