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Florida A.G. says Chad Johnson judge overreacted

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The chief law enforcement officer in Florida has expressed dismay at the knee-jerk reaction that put former NFL receiver Chad Johnson behind bars for patting his lawyer on the butt.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi tells TMZ (who else?) that Judge Katherine McHugh went too far in jailing Johnson for 30 days in response to his courtroom antics.

“Although we never condone domestic violence, this event seems to question judicial temperament, not the subject matter before the court,” Bondi said.

Many believe Johnson is behind bars for domestic violence.  He’s not.  He was thrown in the hoosegow (all-time favorite word No. 6) specifically for the quick smack to the rear end of his lawyer, after Judge McHugh told Johnson he should be grateful for the lawyer’s efforts.  Without the smack in the butt, Johnson would be free.

Bondi has no jurisdiction or authority over McHugh or any other member of the judiciary.  Presumably, the Florida Supreme Court could take action, if the Florida Supreme Court so chooses.

We think it should.  Apart from the unfair outcome, Florida taxpayers now have to bear the costs of an incarceration resulting from a judge getting her nose out of joint over a hand to the ass.

At a minimum, that’s money that could otherwise go to upgrading the stadium where the team that cut Johnson plays.

Johnson’s formal request for a reduced sentence, made in writing to Judge McHugh, remains pending.

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37 Responses to “Florida A.G. says Chad Johnson judge overreacted”
  1. fdugrad says: Jun 12, 2013 7:03 PM

    I think Chad is an insufferable fool, however, the AG is correct.

  2. Vegas Guy says: Jun 12, 2013 7:13 PM

    Really if you watch the video CJ is just thanking his attorney like the judge said to do. He’d have done the same thing if his QB threw him a 60 yard bomb on target.

    Quite honestly she acted like a total biatch about it.

  3. green41563 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:17 PM

    Why is the AG talking to TMZ about the behavior of a sitting judge? Highly inappropriate. If the judge’s behavior was inappropriate, it should be brought before an appellate court or the ethics board, not TMZ.

  4. anthonymtx says: Jun 12, 2013 7:20 PM

    I think the Florida judge was correct. Chad is an adult. He should act like one. He’s in there because he’s accused of head butting his wife, and in front of an female judge he slaps his attorney’s rear end like hes saying “boys will be boys.” He should be bigger than this. I think Stephen A hit the nail on the head on this one. If you haven’t seen the First Take clip…..watch it.

  5. shadowrider2005 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:27 PM

    “Many believe Johnson is behind bars for domestic violence. He’s not.”

    You’re right, he’s in jail for not taking his probation seriously. His attitude in court proved he just doesn’t get it and probably never will.

  6. jeremycrowhurst says: Jun 12, 2013 7:29 PM

    While the A.G. doesn’t have jurisdiction over the judge, if Chad appeals and the A.G. agrees that the appeal should be allowed, then that effectively binds the appellate court.

    …which means the matter would, in the ordinary course, be returned to Judge McHugh to be re-sentenced.

  7. lowerprovidencewarriors says: Jun 12, 2013 7:31 PM

    Saying that 86 (in Spanish) was jailed for a derrière dusting is like saying Tim Teebow can’t get another shot at a starting job because he lost the last game he started against tha Pats. Clearly, the derrière dusting was in the nature of a camel-back-breaking straw.

  8. kwjsb says: Jun 12, 2013 7:32 PM

    Why? This is not like he hasn’t been in a court room before, these guys just keep coming back until a judge has the will to teach them a lesson. Maybe after this he never winds up in a court room again.

  9. johnnyb216 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:32 PM

    She was #jusbeinabitch!

  10. luke8512 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:32 PM

    I was thinking the same thing after reading about this yesterday. Isn’t slapping his lawyer on the backside pretty much the same as those defendants that hug or shake their lawyers hand after getting a favorable outcome. He’s a football player, he’s been smacking people on the rear for doing good the majority of his life.

  11. nicopenelope says: Jun 12, 2013 7:35 PM

    I disagree with the AG and Mr. Florio.

    Let’s keep giving every screw up tons of chances.

    It’s common knowledge that a courtroom is not a place for fun and games.

    There are plenty of dead beats getting a free lunch from our tax dollars…..why stop now?

  12. rodell77 says: Jun 12, 2013 7:39 PM

    This woman needs to be removed from the bench and disbared. How many other cases has she allowed her bias to cloud her judgement????

  13. nkmho says: Jun 12, 2013 7:43 PM

    Must’ve been that time of the month again…

  14. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 12, 2013 8:10 PM

    And that’s what’s wrong with this country, is we have a warped sense of rules and laws and an even more warped group of people to interpret and enforce the laws.

    The Judge should be fined one year’s salary and be incarcerated until she pays the bill. If you can’t Judge properly or fairly, then you should get taxed out of existence. Same should go for every important decision maker, and the more power and wealth you have, the greater accountability you have to do a good and honest job to avoid taxation for incompetency or evil actions. That would be fair and logical and only allow the best people to rightfully possess power over others.

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 12, 2013 9:10 PM

    At a minimum, that’s money that could otherwise go to upgrading the stadium where the team that cut Johnson plays.
    _____________________

    Please stop complaining that the state of Florida won’t give massive welfare to the multi-billionaire.

    Its absolutely disgusting.

  16. boobsmcgoo says: Jun 12, 2013 9:14 PM

    AG should have no comment. The judge has broad authority in her own courtroom. She’s the boss, applesauce!

  17. theclaim says: Jun 12, 2013 9:15 PM

    FINALLY! A voice of reason sitting on the bench! I saw the video of Ocho slapping his MALE attorney on the butt and was appalled at the reaction of this judge. She punishes Chad for trying to be UPBEAT and light into for him is a BLEAK situation. The courtroom reaction was laughter and the Hitler Youth judge throws CHAD in jail for not taking it serious??? Power Tripping Bitch should NOT be in charge of decisions over ANYONE’S life. Praise to the A.G.

  18. dannythebisforbeast says: Jun 12, 2013 9:20 PM

    Sooo what Judge Biatch is saying is..
    You can smack your wife in the face but you can’t tap your lawyer on the ass. Even though I haven’t seen the whole video I believe she didn’t see it and reacted to spectators laughs.

  19. antalicus says: Jun 12, 2013 9:22 PM

    That judge acted pretty ignorant on this one and reacted purely on the crowd. If she doesn’t reduce his sentence shes going to lose some credibility.

  20. dartwick says: Jun 12, 2013 9:24 PM

    She managed to Make Chad Johnson a little bit sypathetic – judge fail.

  21. txbossman says: Jun 12, 2013 9:29 PM

    Well……..

    Here’s the thing; He’s in court on a domestic violence charge, in front of a female judge. Most of us, would have the sense not to head butt a woman, or hook up with a crazy girl, or act like a clown in a COURTROOM where a FEMALE JUDGE is presideing. He did it to himself.

    Take your time like a man.

    Learn a life lesson.

  22. kingpel says: Jun 12, 2013 9:29 PM

    I used to think pro athletes acted defiantly to prove a point. Now I am realizing that they are just REALLY stupid.

  23. maddogcraig77 says: Jun 12, 2013 9:46 PM

    Bulls**t! Someday – Chad needs to grow up and learn everything is NOT a joke – grow up little boy! I’m mad the judge didn’t give him 6 months!

  24. shorttracknews says: Jun 12, 2013 9:52 PM

    How does one get their noise out of joint??

  25. croghan1919 says: Jun 12, 2013 9:53 PM

    Chad Johnson’s Journal entry for June 11, 2013:
    I need to improve my situational awareness.
    1) Courtrooms during legal proceedings are not the same as locker rooms:
    2) Locker rooms have lockers and showers
    3) Courtrooms have Sheriff’s Deputies with. side arms and Judges that don’t smile a lot.

  26. hatesycophants says: Jun 12, 2013 9:55 PM

    No, sir. It’s not like saying Tebow blah, blah, blah at all.

  27. charger383 says: Jun 12, 2013 9:58 PM

    Out of control judges and cops are a bigger threat than clowns will ever be

  28. promickey says: Jun 12, 2013 10:12 PM

    The Judge Katherine McHugh was most likely seeking publicity in dealing with a high profile celebrity. I really feel sorry for Chad Johnson having to deal with a grandstanding judge.

  29. raiderapologist says: Jun 12, 2013 10:16 PM

    hoosegow is somewhat ambiguous. Pokey is far more descriptive, as it relates to prison.

  30. wikipediasaidso says: Jun 12, 2013 10:38 PM

    “He was thrown in the hoosegow (all-time favorite word No. 6) specifically for the quick smack to the rear end of his lawyer.”

    Not really. His plea deal was rejected for the quick smack on the rear. He wouldn’t have needed a plea deal if he hadn’t violated his probation to earn the potential jail time. And he wouldn’t have been on probation if he hadn’t head-butted his now ex-wife.

    But both Johnson and the judge come out looking pretty bad here. Mishandled on both sides.

  31. revroy78 says: Jun 12, 2013 10:40 PM

    Of course the judge overreacted. The whole video just reeks of abuse of power. Let us not forget that judges themselves are not the moral police; their job is to apply the law.

  32. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 12, 2013 11:00 PM

    She’s afraid to change her mind in case Ocho slaps her butt in appreciation.

  33. vikingarsk says: Jun 12, 2013 11:40 PM

    Jail time is the presumptive penalty for his spousal abuse crime. He was offered probation. Please note that probation is a privilege, not a right. When the judge offered him probation, he agreed to the terms (rules) of the probation. He failed to abide by the terms, and was brought before the court on a violation of his probation. At that hearing, he showed he still did not take the Court or probation seriously by his demeanor and actions. As a result, he goes into custody, plain and simple. It happens thousands of times a day all over the country.

  34. gimmeabruschi says: Jun 13, 2013 4:23 AM

    He’s lucky the judge didn’t slap him in irons and charge him with sexual assault not to mention throwing in a contempt of court charge as well. You people are as big a bonehead as Chad thinking any judge is going to let that kind of gutter behavior go on in their courtroom without making a big statement with the gavel.

  35. ochocinco92 says: Jun 14, 2013 1:09 PM

    You’re making my name less credible.

  36. marino1313 says: Jun 14, 2013 7:26 PM

    You seriously need to relocate the report comment link away from the thumbs up link.

  37. bbk1000 says: Jun 17, 2013 4:24 PM

    Reminds me of Sonia Sotomayor…just not good…

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