A judge allegedly struck a public defender Monday after a verbal confrontation in a Brevard County, Fla. courtroom, reports CBS Orlando affiliate WKMG-TV.
The public defender's office says Judge John Murphy is accused of hitting Andrew Weinstock.
During a court session in Viera, Fla., Murphy asked Weinstock to waive his client's right to a speedy trial, but Weinstock refused, the public defender's office said.
The confrontation leading up to the fight was captured on video.
"If I had a rock, I would throw it at you right now," Murphy said. "Stop pissing me off. Just sit down. I'll take care of it. I don't need your help. Sit down."
"I'm the public defender, I have the right to be here and I have a right to stand and represent my clients," Weinstock replied.
"Sit down," Murphy said. "If you want to fight, let's go out back and I'll just beat your (expletive)."
"Let's go right now," Weinstock said.
The two went into a hallway, where Murphy allegedly grabbed Weinstock by the collar and started hitting him, according to the public defender's office.