connectVideoInmate punches public defender in the head during bond court
A Florida public defender was brought to the hospital after an inmate approached her from behind and struck her in the head during a bond hearing at the Broward County courthouse on Wednesday.
Assistant public defender Julie Chase stood next to a woman in William Green — who was in court for a count of touch or strike battery — ran to the lawyer from behind and hit her in the head, WSVN reported.
See a video of Chase, fall on the floor next to the courtroom podium after the Green waved with his left fist. In the courtroom bailiffs rushed in and appeared for the address of the inmate on the ground as Chase stood up and walked away from the scene.
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The room was filled with other prisoners awaiting their bond hearings of the court.
It is unclear why the inmate attacked Chase.
Broward Judge Jackie Powell was looking through the documents related to the Walker case, when the incident occurred. Powell looked at the monitor and asked, “What happened?” to which another prosecutor suggested a recess.
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Chase was taken to the hospital, though the extent of her injuries were unclear. She works for the Public Defender’s Office since 2005, Chief Executive Assistant Gordon Weekes told the Sun-Sentinel.
“[Chase is] a very dedicated lawyer,” Weekes said. “This is very unfortunate what happened this morning.”
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The cost for Green following Wednesday’s attack in treatment.