hanging punching judge
When a defendant went berserk in a Cook County courtroom yesterday, felling his court-appointed lawyer with a possible skull fracture, Judge John Kirby vaulted over the bench to help take down the defendent and put a stop to his rampage.
"It certainly was a heroic act on the part of Judge Kirby to come down and help subdue the person until law enforcement could help," said Chief Judge Timothy Evans. "We're waiting to hear about the the fate of the young public defender who was the first person struck by the defendant."
Assistant Public Defender Richard Kruss, 37, was reported in serious condition at a local Hospital that night. We wish Kruss a speedy and complete recovery, and congratulate the two-fisted Judge Kirby on helping restore order to the court.