A mouthy lawyer and a judge got engaged in a feisty verbal exchange during court proceedings Monday. The awkward verbal exchange quickly escalated into a fight that took place outside the courtroom, after the lawyer told the. Some of the back-and-forth that lead to the incident was captured on video. Watch the tape when you continue
In the video, Murphy and Weinstock get into a war of words about a case that involved a defendant’s refusal to agree to waiving a speedy trial. The lawyer, Andrew Weinstock is heard telling the judge John Murphy, “You want to set it for docket sounding, set it for docket sounding. I’m not waiving in any case. This is an emergency created by the state.”
Murphy, apparently annoyed by the attorney’s response, fires back, “You know if I had a rock I would throw it at you right now. Stop pissing me off. Just sit down. I’ll take care of it. I don’t need your help. Sit down.” Weinstock, refusing to back down and in a confrontational tone, informs the judge, “You know what? I’m the public defender. I have a right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my clients.” Murphy, who appears to be losing patience, threatens the attorney. “I said sit down,” he said. “If you want to fight lets go out back and I’ll just beat your ass.”
both men stormed out of the courtroom and begin brawling in a nearby hallway. The fight is not actually viewable but loud banging can be heard on the video.
(unfortunately the video only shows on a computer)
After the fight, Judge oihn Murphy, who has maintained an upstanding image to date, was the only one seen returning to the courtroom. The judge resumed his role and states to those in attendance, “I will catch my breath eventually.” The people in the courtroom applaud.