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Should Chad Johnson’s Judge Reduce The 30-Day Jail Sentence That She Gave To Him On Monday?

Submitted by on June 13, 2013 – 10:08 amOne Comment
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Chad Johnson is tired of sitting behind bars. So he just had his lawyer file a motion that calls for the 30-day jail sentence that he received on Monday morning to be reduced dramatically. He doesn’t feel like he deserves to be in jail right now. Do you think he has a point?

In case you haven’t been following Johnson’s case, he was thrown into jail on Monday after he patted his lawyer on the backside at the end of a court hearing. He did it because his lawyer helped him earn a plea deal in a case involving him violating his probation. Judge Kathleen McHugh, the judge who presided over the case, asked Johnson if he was happy with the way his lawyer handled the plea deal and the case as a whole. He responded by saying yes and slapping him on the butt to show his thanks. And that got some people who were sitting behind him riled up. A handful of them laughed and, within a few seconds, McHugh’s tone changed dramatically. She thought that Johnson was trying to make a mockery of her courtroom and told him that, on second thought, she would not sign off on his plea deal. She then ordered him to serve 30 days in jail for violating his probation and gave him an additional three months of probation.

However, what Johnson did in the courtroom was not that bad. In fact, I would go as far as to say that what he did was actually pretty nice. Slapping someone on the backside is one of the biggest compliments you can give someone on an NFL field. So by slapping his lawyer on the butt, Johnson was simply showing his appreciation to him. Unfortunately, that resulted in several people laughing and made it look like Johnson was joking around. But a quick review of the TMZ tape that’s been circulating shows that Johnson was being serious. So why is he still in jail?

By now, we hope that Judge McHugh has seen the TMZ video, read the motion filed by Johnson’s lawyer, and decided to cut Johnson some slack. We think that Johnson learned his lesson here and we think that, once he’s released, he’s going to do everything in his power to stay out of the courtroom from now on. But we also think that it’s a crime that he’s in jail right now. So what do you say, Judge? Can Johnson live?

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  • HELL YES. Judges are people. They are not infallible, and sometimes they overstep their bounds as well. She seemed to react to the crowd’s reaction more so than to Johnson himself and had clearly made her point without the sentencing. She was over the line, period.

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