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In 'Ochocinco' courtroom spat, AG Pam Bondi sides with ex-NFL receiver

Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson made national headlines this week when his courtroom antics 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 Tuesday.

Bondi's office said Wednesday morning that she would not intervene in the case or launch an investigation of McHugh.

"No formal action will be taken by our office," spokeswoman Jenn Meale said via email 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, and a hearing is scheduled for June 17. For now, "Ochocinco" remains behind bars.

According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office website, Johnson is expected to be released June 26 after receiving credit for previous time served.

In 'Ochocinco' courtroom spat, AG Pam Bondi sides with ex-NFL receiver 06/12/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 6:29pm]
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