News Release: Associated Press
July 8, 2014
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- The assistant public defender who scuffled with a judge in the hallway of a central Florida courtroom has resigned.
In a resignation letter submitted Monday, Andrew Weinstock says he disagrees with his boss's support of Judge John C. Murphy returning to the bench after a leave of absence following the June 2 altercation.
Murphy returned last week and was reassigned to handle civil cases in Titusville.
Public Defender Blaise Trettis told Florida Today that it would be hypocritical to argue against Murphy being given a second chance. He says defense attorneys routinely plead that their clients should have a shot at redemption when "their behavior is uncharacteristic of who they are and is an isolated instance in their life.
Weinstock's resignation was effective immediately.
VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida judge accused of punching an assistant public defender during an altercation outside a courtroom is returning to the bench but in a different capacity.
Brevard County Court Judge John Murphy returns to the bench on Monday.
But instead of hearing criminal cases, he will handle civil cases.
Chief Judge John Harris said Friday that the reassignment isn't a form of discipline.
He says Murphy has been receiving anger management counseling since the altercation earlier this month.
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.