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.