A public defender working inside Florida’s Broward County Jail was sucker-punched by an inmate Wednesday morning.
Attorney Julie Chase was standing alongside a female defendant during morning bond court when 27-year-old inmate William Green got out of his seat, walked up to her from behind and punched her in the side of her head.
The hit was so hard that she was knocked to the ground. Everyone in the room was surprised by the random attack.
The defendant who was at the podium at the time ran out of the way as corrections officers restrained Green.
Officials say the lawyer was taken to Broward Health Medical Center to be treated.
Authorities say court records show Green was arrested Tuesday on a battery charge.