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June 11th, 2013
06:21 AM ET

Fmr. NFL star Chad Johnson gets 30 days jail time for butt slapping his attorney in court – Pam Brown reports


After he was asked if he was pleased with his attorney, the former wide receiver once known as "Chad Ochocinco" gave his lawyer, Adam Swickle, a gentle pat on the rear.

McHugh was furious when people in the audience laughed.

"There's nothing funny about what's going on here today," she told Johnson.

Johnson, 35, replied that he wasn't laughing.

Then McHugh said, "I don't think anything's funny about it, Mr. Johnson. This isn't a joke."

Johnson said he didn't do it as a joke.

Swickle agreed, saying: "I don't think it was done as any disrespect to the court. I don't think he meant to get a reaction from the court room, judge."

The judge told Johnson she wouldn't accept a plea deal that involved only community service and more anger management counseling. Instead, she sentenced him to 30 days in jail and tacked three months onto his one-year probation, which would have ended in September.

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  1. John

    This is a perfect example of an over abuse of power by a "judge". There is no reason or way that any single individual should be given the amount of power and authority that judges have within a courtroom. This particular judge should removed from her position because she has shown that she has no problem displaying a blatant disregard for reason. Judges are not "gods", not kings or emperors who should have the right to punish anyone they choose simply because they wish to make a point.

    June 11, 2013 at 10:39 am | Reply
  2. Max Blum

    did she hold anyone in contempt for laughing and disorder, even her bailiff laughed. to get mad at a suspect and charge him to jail, for that she should be barred and charges filed against her. if you only charge one person in your court for laughing and the person charged didn't do it then you are not doing your job

    June 11, 2013 at 7:46 am | Reply

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