Clueless in Jacksonville
Another goofball Judge sighting. From Florida Today-
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Circuit Court judge pulled a handgun in his courtroom after a man jumped a railing and punched a handcuffed defendant accused of molesting his son.Judge, I think the father was angry with the price of coffee at the courthouse. NOT! Is Judge Merrett somehow related to this man?
Bailiffs eventually took control of the attacker during Friday's outburst, and Circuit Judge John Merrett handed his gun to a clerk for safekeeping. The judge met with the father in his chambers and later ordered him released without bail, even though he was charged with a felony and two misdemeanors.
The man is not being named to protect the identity of his son.
Merrett said Monday he never put his finger on the trigger or pointed the gun at anyone.
Because of the way his courtroom is configured, the judge said he couldn't see the fight below his bench. He said he pulled the gun as a precaution.
"I didn't know if he was going after me or the bailiffs or the defendant," the judge said.
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