Shocking moment man PUNCHES lawyer in court sending her crashing to the floor

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Florida man punches lawyer

ATTACK: William Green, 27, punched a female lawyer during a court appearance, right (Pic: BROWARD COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE/CBS 17)

William Green, 27, was in court on charges of attacking a worker at a mental hospital when he launched the seemingly unprovoked attack.

His vicious left hook on assistant public defender Julie Chase left her lying on the floor.

She had been looking down at her papers when Green delivered the haymaker.

The sudden attack at the Broward County bond court in Florida left everyone in the room in shock, including the judge and a large crowd of defendants.

Judge Jackie Powell looked up from her desk and asked “what happened?” as chaos broke out in the court.

Florida man punches lawyer

COWARDLY: The man walks up to Chase as he prepares to punch her (Pic: LOCAL10)

Florida man punches lawyer

SHOCKING: The attack left Chase on the floor and stunned the courtroom (Pic: LOCAL10)

Florida man punches lawyer

RESTRAINED: Guards quickly sprang up to hold him back (Pic: LOCAL10)

“For our attorney to take the brunt of the failures of law enforcement is unacceptable”

Gordon Weekes, executive chief assistant, Broward County Public Defender’s Office

She had been preparing to set bond in an unrelated case when Green launched his attack.

A defendant who was at the podium ran out of the way as court bailiffs tackled Green to the ground.

Judge Powell called a recess in the courtroom, which is used for setting bonds and release conditions, not hearing evidence or trying cases.

According to court records, Green was arrested on Tuesday on a battery charge.

He was accused of attacking a worker at a mental hospital.

Chase was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center after the attack.

Speaking to reporters afterwards, she said: “I’m doing OK”.

But she added the attack had been “a bit of a shock” saying “I didn’t expect it”.

Florida man punches lawyer

RECOVERY: Julie Chase was stunned but not badly hurt by the attack (Pic: LOCAL10)

Florida man punches lawyer

HEARING: The attack happened at Broward County Council Bond Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Pic: GOOGLE MAPS)

Gordon Weekes, executive chief assistant of Broward County Public Defender’s Office described Chase as a “very dedicated attorney”.

And he questioned why Green was removed from a facility which could treat any mental health condition he may have.

“This is very unfortunate what happened this morning,” he told US media.

“Green seemed to be in a clear psychotic state and he was arrested for battering a hospital technician, attacking him from the back.”

He went on: “For our attorney to take the brunt of the failures of law enforcement is unacceptable.”

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