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Five days later, Chad Johnson is still in jail

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A miscarriage of justice occurred five days ago, and there are only 25 days left to fix it.

Judge Katherine McHugh, reacting angrily and unreasonably to former NFL receiver Chad Johnson patting his lawyer quickly on the back side after McHugh went out of her way to compliment the lawyer for his efforts, scrapped a plea deal that would have kept Johnson out of jail and threw him in the slammer for 30 days.

We initially assumed that she would leave him behind bars for a day or two, making sure he got the message before letting him go.  Five days later, Johnson is still behind bars.

Plenty of you believe Johnson deserves to be behind bars because he assaulted his wife last year (he pleaded no contest to the charges) and/or because he failed to comply with the terms of his probation.  Ultimately, Johnson went to jail because of McHugh’s reaction to Johnson’s ill-advised but ultimately harmless gesture.

He shouldn’t have done it, but the punishment grossly outweighs the crime.  And we hope that Johnson gets out sooner rather than later — and that the lawyer who received the slap on his butt finds a way to merit another one by getting an appeals court to release Johnson as soon as possible.

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32 Responses to “Five days later, Chad Johnson is still in jail”
  1. daubs17 says: Jun 15, 2013 7:57 PM

    I thought Mike said he was leaving for a mini vacation and we’d all be spared his dreadful posts for the rest of the day?

  2. russnovak says: Jun 15, 2013 7:59 PM

    While it’s easy to say it’s an undeserving punishment for something insignificant, judges have full and complete discretion as to what is acceptable in their courtroom, and what breaks their idea of decorum. Clearly the judge felt as if propriety was breached, and while the punishment might be a tad extreme, it’s the judge and the judge alone who gets to make the call.

  3. acerockefellar says: Jun 15, 2013 8:01 PM

    Thats whats happens when you have a feminazi as the judge.

  4. GenXJay says: Jun 15, 2013 8:03 PM

    So what.

  5. kd75 says: Jun 15, 2013 8:03 PM

    Ocho is still in County? I ain’t never made a million a year but I know I could get out of County jail in under 2 hours.

  6. jvibottomline says: Jun 15, 2013 8:03 PM

    Too bad it’s not 30 years

  7. thejrod2006 says: Jun 15, 2013 8:05 PM

    Miscarriage of justice? Child, please….

    Chad deserves to rot in jail for the full 30 days

  8. bsandersislegend20 says: Jun 15, 2013 8:11 PM

    85 (ocho-cinco if you don’t get my joke) should be in jail for being a jackass. Just because you’re an ex-nfl star doesn’t mean you’re out of reach from getting F@€K£D by the long dick of the law like the rest of us. Grow up and have some respect in the court of law like the rest of us do/should when we’re in that type of situation.

  9. kwjsb says: Jun 15, 2013 8:11 PM

    “A miscarriage of justice occurred five days again, and there are only 25 days left to fix it.”

    Hey Mike,
    Were you in the court room through the entire proceedings? How was his demeanor through out?
    After all he is there for a probation violation, hence he had already shown a lack of respect for the court system. It might be it would be more helpful for guys like this if the so called press would stop enabling them and supplying them with excuses.

    As Tony Beretta once said, “Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time”

  10. seanb20124 says: Jun 15, 2013 8:11 PM

    Gotta be a celebrity to qualify for celebrity justice

  11. baily67 says: Jun 15, 2013 8:13 PM

    cracks me up how he spends more time in jail for a slap than actual criminals do (i.e. celebrity drunk drivers, Lohan, etc.) B/C the jails are “too crowded”. despicable.

  12. hockeyflow33 says: Jun 15, 2013 8:16 PM

    I’m sure you know more about the facts of the case, the circumstances and acts surrounding it than the judge presiding over it Mike.

  13. vincentbojackson says: Jun 15, 2013 8:18 PM

    Keep pretending Johnson is a victim. It’s all the enablers out there that have told him he can treat life like a big joke.

    A few more days in jail might drive home the point that it’s time to grow up.

  14. fdugrad says: Jun 15, 2013 8:25 PM

    I do not think Florio is disputing the notion that judge Mc Hugh has complete courtroom discretion regarding acceptability, decorum and / or propriety. The question here is clearly, the justice/fairness of the sentence. While I find Johnson insufferable and odious in every category under the sun, he simply does NOT belong incarcerated for his behavior in this incident. Her decision is going to turn into a referendum on her competency as a jurist rather than a statement about or a discourse on domestic violence. Good god, she might even end up making Ocho a sympathetic figure!!

  15. thegonz13 says: Jun 15, 2013 8:25 PM

    I wonder if his cellmate slapped him on the butt…

  16. conormacleod says: Jun 15, 2013 8:27 PM

    And yet, my life goes on unaffected. Weird.

  17. hedleykow says: Jun 15, 2013 8:28 PM

    I thought it was crazy enough when Martha Stewart served time. Now this? It’s never to early for a presidential pardon in my book.

  18. robuff716 says: Jun 15, 2013 8:44 PM

    And you wonder why the taxes you pay are so outrageous!

  19. pj1983a says: Jun 15, 2013 8:47 PM

    Johnson never would have been in that courtroom had he not 1) assaulted his wife and 2) violated his probation. The judge was showing undeserved leniency by approving the plea deal, leniency that she has every right to withhold. So no, he is not in jail because he slapped his lawyer on the butt. He’s in jail because of he’s a criminal and the judge ultimately decided to treat him like one.

  20. tyler4richardson says: Jun 15, 2013 8:50 PM

    Why does everyone care about Chad’s 30 day sentence and not all the unfair sentences that help fill the business of private prisons.

  21. detroitcityy says: Jun 15, 2013 8:56 PM

    He doesn’t deserve jail for 30 days for patting someone’s behind people get away with murder with no sentence and he gets 30 days for that shows how good the system is

  22. mythaimyke says: Jun 15, 2013 8:56 PM

    Hope the jailer lost the keys!

  23. sonofsamadams says: Jun 15, 2013 9:08 PM

    With all the crime in our country I sure am glad we were able to lock up a real threat to society like Ochocinco.

  24. modhairken says: Jun 15, 2013 9:13 PM

    Who the hell are you to decide what is proper punishment?

  25. lostsok says: Jun 15, 2013 9:15 PM

    Meanwhile the bankers in NY who sunk the US economy still have their jobs, still get their multi-million dollar bonuses, and not one of them has severed a minute in jail.

    Justice isn’t blind…it’s dumb.

  26. hornbuckle says: Jun 15, 2013 10:34 PM

    As I said before “30 days in the hole”.

  27. j0esixpack says: Jun 15, 2013 10:40 PM

    Who knows – maybe his lawyer isn’t trying all that hard.

    I’ve noticed that when I’ve slapped women attorney’s asses in the past, they don’t exactly look like they appreciate it.

    Now might look like a great time for her to drop him as a client.

  28. mwindle1973 says: Jun 16, 2013 4:07 AM

    You are right Florio, it is a ridiculous punishment for a simply inappropriate gesture in the courtroom. No matter how idiotic and ill advised the butt slap was, it should’ve have received a verbal admonishment and nothing more.

  29. 25cuts says: Jun 16, 2013 7:44 AM

    Power trip I’m gonna make an example of you. I believe in no special treatment for players but really this is just silly.

  30. jcurran77 says: Jun 16, 2013 10:06 PM

    You don’t get it. He is in jail bc after the assault on his wife and violating probation he still isn’t taking this seriously and was not respectful in her court. It was kind of like a third strike.

  31. drbob117 says: Jun 17, 2013 11:27 AM

    She was the biggest jerk in a courtroom that included Chad Johnson. That should tell her something.

  32. phinfan says: Jun 17, 2013 12:56 PM

    So he plays one Preseason scrimmage day with the dolphins and everytime hes in trouble the dolphin nation has to hear about it??? Please spare us.

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