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The animosity between Brevard County judge John Murphy and public defender Andrew Weinstock festered over the lawyer's refusal to waive his client's right to a speedy trial, but came to a head on June 2, when Murphy told Weinstock, "Stop pissing me off. Just sit down." Weinstock persisted: "I have a right to stand and represent my client." The judge responded: "If you want to fight, let's go out back, and I'll just beat your ass." They went to a back hallway, with the lawyer allegedly just intending to talk out their differences. However, according to Weinstock's supervisor, the judge immediately grabbed Weinstock and began punching him. Weinstock wasn't seriously hurt, but vowed to report the incident to The Florida Bar.

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