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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 27 (UPI) -- A Jacksonville, Fla., judge drew his handgun when an accused child molester was attacked by an alleged victim's father in court.

    "I didn't know if he was going after me or the bailiffs or the defendant," Circuit Judge John Merrett told The (Jacksonville, Fla.) Times-Union.

    The father, who had not seen the defendant before the court appearance, hurdled a railing and landed several punches on the handcuffed and shackled man before bailiffs restored order.

    Merrett said that once he saw the situation was under control, he handed his gun to the court clerk and asked her to lock it in a drawer. Merrett has a concealed weapon permit and said he'd do the same thing again, the newspaper reported.

    But Duval County Public Defender Bill White said the incident was frightening. He plans to talk to the chief judge about whether judges should be armed in court.
    "It's very disconcerting for a lawyer to be in the line of fire," White told the Times-Union.

    The father was charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor battery.
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    Give the judge his gun back, give the father a medal, and give that wimpy public defender a man-pill. Oh, and give the child molester a cigarette and a blindfold.

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    Doug Huffman wrote:
    But Duval County Public Defender Bill White said the incident was frightening. He plans to talk to the chief judge about whether judges should be armed in court.
    "It's very disconcerting for a lawyer to be in the line of fire," White told the Times-Union.

    The father was charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor battery.
    Copyright 2007 by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.
    More lawyers should be in the line of fire more often. It would make the world a better place. And it's not disconcerting to me, regardless (at least until 2009, at which point I'll be a lawyer.)


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    John Merrett is known around here for being VERY pro-gun rights.
    I voted for him.
    Funny thing is when I saw the headline today on the news website I thought of him before I even read the article. Heh.

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    LeagueOf1291 wrote:
    Give the judge his gun back, give the father a medal, and give that wimpy public defender a man-pill. Oh, and give the child molester a cigarette and a blindfold.
    I don't agree with the Blindfold offer I think he should be forced to see it comming.

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    Sounds like brandishing to me!! 30 days for contempt of court!!!

    Rusty...take him away...

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    Kelly J wrote:
    LeagueOf1291 wrote:
    Give the judge his gun back, give the father a medal, and give that wimpy public defender a man-pill. Oh, and give the child molester a cigarette and a blindfold.
    I don't agree with the Blindfold offer I think he should be forced to see it comming.
    +1. . .- (minus)the cigarette.

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