Defendant punches public defender in the head in Broward courtroom

A Broward County court official was punched in the head from behind by an inmate during a hearing for another person Wednesday morning.

Assistant Public Defender Julie Chase was taken to the hospital, but her condition was unknown, said the office’s Executive Chief Assistant, Gordon Weekes.

“She’s a very dedicated attorney,” he said. “This is very unfortunate what happened this morning.”

Chase has been working with the Public Defender’s Office since 2005 and has handled a variety of cases, he said.

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