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Bondi criticizes judge who sentenced 'Ochocinco' to jail

Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson made national headlines this week when his courtroom antic resulted in a surprise 30-day jail sentence. Americans seemed to split into two camps: those who agreed Johnson deserved jail time for disrespecting the court and those who believed it was overkill by Broward County Judge Kathleen McHugh.

Count Attorney General Pam Bondi among McHugh's critics, according to celebrity gossip website TMZ.

"Although we never condone domestic violence, this event seems to question judicial temperament, not the subject matter before the court," Bondi told TMZ today.

Johnson's lawyer had worked out a plea deal that would have kept the former NFL player out of jail, but a playful swat on the bottom derailed everything Monday. McHugh told Johnson he wasn't taking the proceedings seriously and sentenced him to jail for violating probation on domestic violence charges stemming from a 2012 incident with his then wife, a reality show star.

Johnson's lawyer has asked McHugh to reconsider her sentencing, but for now "Ochocinco" remains behind bars.

Bondi's office did not respond to a late evening request asking whether she was working to get Johnson released or if she would conduct a formal investigation into McHugh's actions.


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The judge brought his response on by saying he had a good lawyer. She should be tossed off the court for that, among obvious other reasons.

It might have been appropriate to hold him in contempt for his inappropriate physical display of appreciation for his lawyer, but that's all--and it probably should have involved one night in jail.

Whose going to file the complaint against the judge with the JQC?

Bill J.

Maybe Bondi needs to worry about her prescription drug database she wanted so badly that now 3,300 innocent people have been exposed. How is that for judicial temperament?

M.A. Salfinger

Judge Kathleen McHugh, good job. Don't listen to Teabagger Barbie!


Did this judge just make the statement that not taking the judge seriously is somehow worse than domestic violence?

Tally Folly

Nice to see Bondi attacking judges. Especially blind judges. Doh! This judge is actually better looking than Bondi to boot. Jealous much Pam?

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