Florida Supreme Court Removes Judge For Alleged Fight With Defense Attorney (Video)

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The Florida Supreme Court removed Brevard County Judge John C. Murphy from the bench on Dec. 17 because of an alleged fight with assistant public defender Andrew Weinstock on June 2, 2014 (video below).

"You know, if I had a rock I would throw it at you right now," Murphy told Weinstock, WFTV noted at the time of the incident.

"Stop pissing me off," Murphy added. "Just sit down. I'll take care of it. I don't need your help. Sit down!"

"You know, I'm the public defender," Weinstock replied. "I have a right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my client."

"I said sit down!" Murphy yelled at Weinstock. "If you want to fight, let's go out back and I'll just beat your a--."

The two men walked out of the courtroom, off-camera and into a hallway where noise and more yelling was heard, including, "You want to f--- with me?"

WFTV reported that deputies had to break up a "physical fight" between Weinstock and Murphy, who allegedly threw punches.

"This is the sort of egregious conduct that erodes the public's confidence," the Florida Supreme Court  said in its decision, notes FLORIDA TODAY.

The state's high court also stated that Murphy's behavior "became a national spectacle and an embarrassment to Florida's judicial system."

The court officially cited violations of the code of judicial conduct and rules of professional conduct.

Murphy was not charged with any crimes.

Sources: FLORIDA TODAY, WFTV / Photo Credit: Brevard Post/YouTube Screenshot