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Brevard judge who got into courthouse fistfight faces formal charges

Brevard judge who got into courthouse fistfight faces formal charges

The Brevard County judge who got into a hallway scuffle with a lawyer following a courtroom argument in which he threatened to beat the man is now facing the prospect of removal from office. The state agency that polices judges, the Judicial Qualifications Commission, filed formal charges Wednesday against Brevard County Judge John C. Murphy. They were made public today. They accuse him of violating seven of the state's rules on how a judge should behave. He broke the law, according to the charges; failed to treat Assistant Public Defender Andrew Weinstock with dignity, something to which everyone who comes to court is entitled; and failed to act in a way that promotes...

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