Posted June 11, 2013

Lawyer for Chad Johnson seeks cut in 30-day jail term

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Chad Johnson is in jail serving 30 days for violating his probation. (Photo by Getty Images)

Ex-NFL player Chad Johnson is in jail serving 30 days for violating his probation. (Photo by Getty Images)

The lawyer for former NFL star Chad Johnson says the pat in the behind Johnson gave him in court was not meant as disrespect to a judge, wasn’t something that warrants a 30-day jail sentence, and is asking for Johnson to be given another chance, reports the Associated Press.

Johnson’s lawyer Adam Swickle asked Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh to reconsider the sentence she imposed Monday.

Johnson reached a deal with prosecutors for community service and counseling to resolve a probation violation from his no-contest plea last year to battery on his then-wife Evelyn Lozada. He then gave Swickle a pat in the behind and was immediately given 30 days behind bars.

”Mr. Johnson has been a professional football player in theNational Football League for 11 years and patting another individual on the backside is viewed as a sign of respect and gratitude,” the motion read. ”It is clear that the court misinterpreted Mr. Johnson’s interaction with his attorney.”

Johnson, 35, is seeking another opportunity to play in the NFL after being released by the Miami Dolphins last year. He caught 766 passes for more than 11,000 yards and 67 touchdowns in his career.


13 comments
JimWilliams1
JimWilliams1

I'm not a Chad Johnson fan, I think he needs to get his act together.  However, a football player patting his lawyer on the butt isn't jail worthy!  

muser
muser

Just another judge who couldn't make it as a lawyer and is still feeling insecure. 

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

Nut job lawyers and judges. Corrupting the rule and the interpretation of the law. Time to start the disbarring and firing of these lawyers and judges who are bent on distorting the written law to serve their own personal narcissistic agendas. 

RustyNutz
RustyNutz

Poor guy, a brutha can't catch a break?

Cool
Cool

What Johnson did to warrant being on probation was bad, no doubt about it, and maybe he should have spent time in jail for that alone.  The fact of the matter is that he wasn't given time and then he faces a judge looking for a little attention, wanting to appear as being tough on famous people, and so.. she overreacted... I have been in court before and seen many times where there was a moment of brevity that made those in the court room laugh.. but I have never seen the judge give out a 30 day sentence because.."everyone in the courtroom laughed and I don't think it is funny."   She should apologize for not having a sense of humor.

Jeff63
Jeff63

Bitches be crazy ...

YenWhit
YenWhit

I notice that Floridian jurist are exposed to the cameras that they want to appear tough on crime. This chick judge probably dreams of engaging with a black man.

manhattanproject9
manhattanproject9

This judge's decision will cost taxpayers in Miami more money.

Hell, her salary alone is an abomination. 

Panthro
Panthro

Misuse of power.  The judge made herself look like a fool.  I wonder how much money his jail term will cost, the judge should pay his stay.

bshannon1963
bshannon1963

30 days for the crime ,probably ok , but 30 days because of laughter ,wrong . and look who was laughing the hardest .ya the court officer. maybe he should be locked up as well !!

bshannon1963
bshannon1963

really, she got mad cuause the people in the court room laughed, he got 30 days because she was mad at the people that pay her ,  control freak!!!

tukwilatommygun
tukwilatommygun

i would not want to be this lawyers next client in front of this judge for sure.