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Judge And Lawyer In Tussle After Court Row
A Florida judge's furious courtroom confrontation with a lawyer reportedly turned physical after the two took their row outside.
Stunned onlookers in the Brevard County court watched on Monday as Judge John Murphy and assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock stormed out mid-hearing.
A hallway scuffle was then picked up on courtroom audio.
Tensions boiled over after the judge asked the attorney to waive his client's right to a quick trial.
"If I had a rock, I would throw it at you right now," Judge Murphy said during the argument, which was captured on camera.
"Stop p***ing me off. Just sit down."
But Mr Weinstock refused to sit down.
Judge Murphy said: "If you want to fight, let's go out back and I'll just beat your (expletive)."
Mr Weinstock replied: "Let's go right now."
The footage later shows the judge being clapped as he returns to the courtroom.
A police officer broke up the tussle, reports Orlando-based WKMG-TV.
The two men refused to press charges and no arrests were made.
It was later announced that Judge Murphy would take a temporary leave of absence so he can get anger management counselling.