Judge accused of hitting attorney in courtroom

JUDGE: "If you want to fight, let's go out back... I'll just beat your a**"


BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Things got heated between a judge and a public defender in a Brevard County courtroom Monday.

Judge John Murphy is heard on the surveillance camera threatening to beat up public defender Andrew Weinstock.

During a court session, Murphy asked Weinstock to waive his client's right to a speedy trial, but Weinstock refused, the public defender's office said.

The confrontation leading up to the fight was captured on video.

"If I had a rock, I would throw it at you right now," Murphy said. "Stop pissing me off. Just sit down. I'll take care of it. I don't need your help. Sit down."

"I'm the public defender, I have the right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my clients," Weinstock said.

"Sit down," Murphy said. "If you want to fight, let's go out back and I'll just beat your a**."

"Let's go right now," Weinstock said.

The two went into a hallway, where Murphy allegedly grabbed Weinstock by the collar and started hitting him, according to the public defender's office.

Although off camera, the two can still be heard yelling at each other, with one of them saying, "You want to f*** with me?"

A Brevard County sheriff's deputy stopped the fight.

The video also shows the judge being applauded as he returned to the courtroom.

The judge was not arrested, and both Murphy and Weinstock refused to press charges.

However, the public defender's office said the incident will be reported to the Florida bar.