Broward County Circuit Court Judge Ian Richards does not like people messing around with his witnesses. In the video below, Richards flew off the bench to tackle John Charles Reasee II, 29, who attacked a woman, Nicole Word, testifying against him.
Reasee was facing a domestic violence charge when he attacked the woman who testified against him. He succeeded in punching the witness, Word, 28. He joined a bailiff and two Lauderhill police officers in coming to Word’s rescue.
Other judges in Florida pack heat for just such a moment. Circuit Judge John Merrett pulled out his handgun when a man jumped a railing and punched handcuffed Derrick McNeil, 21, accused of molesting his son.
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