Who’s Crazier: Me or Chad Ochocinco?
Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson had his plea deal rejected because the presiding judge objected to him playfully swatting his attorney on his rear when asked if he was satisfied with his representation. And I find that outrageous.
Let me make play: In no way am I defending the actions that landed Johnson in front of a judge in the first place. He plead no contest to head butting his then-wife and then violated the terms of his probation. There was plenty of reason to throw his ass in jail. But the judge was entirely willing to accept the plea deal that would see him avoid jail time until he behaved in a way she didn’t like:
It was all set until Johnson, when asked by McHugh if he was satisfied with his lawyer Adam Swickle, gave the attorney a light swat on the rear — as football players routinely do to each other on the field. The courtroom erupted in laughter and at that McHugh said she wouldn’t accept the deal.
“I don’t know that you’re taking this whole thing seriously. I just saw you slap your attorney on the backside. Is there something funny about this?” McHugh said, slapping the plea deal document down on her desk. “The whole courtroom was laughing. I’m not going to accept these plea negotiations. This isn’t a joke.”
Now, I’m not a lawyer. I have no idea how plea agreements work. But it seems to me that whether or not a plea agreement is accepted, whether or not a man goes to jail, should be based on the facts of his case, not how the judge feels about his behavior in court. I understand why it would be wise to act in a way that pleases the judge… but if the prosecutor accepted the terms of the deal and the defendant accepted the terms of the deal and the judge was prepared to accept the terms of the deal, there seems to be something wrong with abandoning all of that because of a failed attempt at humor.
But maybe I’m the crazy one.