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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.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 8:39pm]


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