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VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom will take a temporary leave of absence so he can get anger management counseling.

The chief judge of Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit said Tuesday that all of Judge John Murphy’s cases have been reassigned to other judges.

Chief Judge John Harris says the public expects a higher standard of behavior from judges than that which was exhibited by Murphy on Monday.

Murphy allegedly hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock outside a courtroom after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County on Tuesday.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

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VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom will take a temporary leave of absence so he can get anger management counseling.

The chief judge of Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit said Tuesday that all of Judge John Murphy’s cases have been reassigned to other judges.

Chief Judge John Harris says the public expects a higher standard of behavior from judges than that which was exhibited by Murphy on Monday.

Murphy allegedly hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock outside a courtroom after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County on Tuesday.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom will take a temporary leave of absence so he can get anger management counseling.

The chief judge of Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit said Tuesday that all of Judge John Murphy’s cases have been reassigned to other judges.

Chief Judge John Harris says the public expects a higher standard of behavior from judges than that which was exhibited by Murphy on Monday.

Murphy allegedly hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock outside a courtroom after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County on Tuesday.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom will take a temporary leave of absence so he can get anger management counseling.

The chief judge of Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit said Tuesday that all of Judge John Murphy’s cases have been reassigned to other judges.

Chief Judge John Harris says the public expects a higher standard of behavior from judges than that which was exhibited by Murphy on Monday.

Murphy allegedly hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock outside a courtroom after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County on Tuesday.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom will take a temporary leave of absence so he can get anger management counseling.

The chief judge of Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit said Tuesday that all of Judge John Murphy’s cases have been reassigned to other judges.

Chief Judge John Harris says the public expects a higher standard of behavior from judges than that which was exhibited by Murphy on Monday.

Murphy allegedly hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock outside a courtroom after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County on Tuesday.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom will take a temporary leave of absence so he can get anger management counseling.

The chief judge of Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit said Tuesday that all of Judge John Murphy’s cases have been reassigned to other judges.

Chief Judge John Harris says the public expects a higher standard of behavior from judges than that which was exhibited by Murphy on Monday.

Murphy allegedly hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock outside a courtroom after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County on Tuesday.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom will take a temporary leave of absence so he can get anger management counseling.

The chief judge of Florida’s Eighteenth Judicial Circuit said Tuesday that all of Judge John Murphy’s cases have been reassigned to other judges.

Chief Judge John Harris says the public expects a higher standard of behavior from judges than that which was exhibited by Murphy on Monday.

Murphy allegedly hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock outside a courtroom after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County on Tuesday.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County on Tuesday.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County on Tuesday.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County on Tuesday.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County on Tuesday.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge on Tuesday was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge on Tuesday was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge on Tuesday was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom isn’t on the bench.

Another judge on Tuesday was taking over the caseload of Judge John Murphy in Brevard County.

Murphy allegedly hit Andrew Weinstock on Monday after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial.

Court spokeswoman Michelle Kennedy says the circuit’s chief judge will issue a statement about the altercation later Tuesday.

She says no decision on Murphy’s status has been made.

A courtroom video moments before the fight shows the judge ordering Weinstock to sit down. The judge says he would throw a rock at Weinstock if he had one.

The judge then asks Weinstock if he wants a fight to step outside the courtroom.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A judge on Florida’s space coast is accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation in a hallway outside a courtroom.

WFTV in Orlando reports that Judge John Murphy hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial in the Brevard County courtroom.

Weinstock’s supervisor, Public Defender Blaise Trettis, tells WFTV (http://goo.gl/ixsVcD ) the judge grabbed Weinstock’s collar in the hallway off the courtroom after the judge asked the attorney to come into the hallway.

Deputies broke up the scuffle and Murphy wasn’t arrested.

No one answered the phone in Murphy’s judicial chamber, and a spokeswoman for the court administration didn’t respond to an email. Weinstock also didn’t respond to an email inquiry.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A judge on Florida’s space coast is accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation in a hallway outside a courtroom.

WFTV in Orlando reports that Judge John Murphy hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial in the Brevard County courtroom.

Weinstock’s supervisor, Public Defender Blaise Trettis, tells WFTV (http://goo.gl/ixsVcD ) the judge grabbed Weinstock’s collar in the hallway off the courtroom after the judge asked the attorney to come into the hallway.

Deputies broke up the scuffle and Murphy wasn’t arrested.

No one answered the phone in Murphy’s judicial chamber, and a spokeswoman for the court administration didn’t respond to an email. Weinstock also didn’t respond to an email inquiry.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html

Florida judge accused of punching attorney

KDWN

VIERA, Fla. (AP) — A judge on Florida’s space coast is accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation in a hallway outside a courtroom.

WFTV in Orlando reports that Judge John Murphy hit assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock after the two exchanged words over whether his client could have a speedy trial in the Brevard County courtroom.

Weinstock’s supervisor, Public Defender Blaise Trettis, tells WFTV (http://goo.gl/ixsVcD ) the judge grabbed Weinstock’s collar in the hallway off the courtroom after the judge asked the attorney to come into the hallway.

Deputies broke up the scuffle and Murphy wasn’t arrested.

No one answered the phone in Murphy’s judicial chamber, and a spokeswoman for the court administration didn’t respond to an email. Weinstock also didn’t respond to an email inquiry.

Information from: WFTV-TV, http://www.wftv.com/index.html