Judge That Sentenced Chad Johnson To 30 Days In Jail For Butt-Slap Is Legally Blind
The Broward County judge who sent ex-Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson to jail for 30 days after saying she saw him pat his lawyer on the butt this morning is nearly blind, Gossip Extra has learned exclusively.
And you thought Chad’s world couldn’t get any crazier!
Rookie judge Katie McHugh, who won her seat in November in an upset win over ethically-challenged former County Commish Ilene Lieberman, called herself “legally blind” during campaign appearances.
McHugh, 44, said she suffers from Stargardt’s Disease, a rare genetic condition.
And her handicap made it impossible for her to obtain a driver’s license!
Yet, on Monday morning, McHugh told Johnson: “I just saw you slap your attorney on the backside!” (Check out the video below)
When reached this afternoon, Johnson attorney Adam Swickle declined comment on whether he would use the judge’s handicap in his defense of Johnson.
“All I can say is that we’re going back before the judge soon to try to settle this,” Swickle said.
Chad can be a prankster and maybe even a jerk, but this lady kind of overreacted. She was the one that asked him if he was satisfied with is lawyer…
Gossip Extra asked McHugh how she could have seen Johnson if she is nearly blind, but she has yet to comment.
When McHugh was elected, the state’s Division for Blind Services (DBS) saluted her arrival to the bench and identified McHugh as one of the agency’s clients.
“DBS has provided (McHugh) with adaptive equipment and accommodations for her visual impairment that resulted from a genetic condition,” read DBS’ April newsletter, titled Visionary. “When conducting court, she uses a CCTV on the bench to read legal documents.”
This just might be the technicality that keeps someone from slapping Señor Ochocinco’s cakes. How ironic…
Image via FOX/GossipExtra
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