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Judge Attacked By Man Upset With Court Ruling

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by Nick Beres

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Rutherford County judge found himself in a fight with a man who attacked him at a busy store. Police said the man was upset with a ruling the judge had made against him in court.

General Sessions Judge Larry Brandon and his wife were shopping at Hobby Lobby in Murfreesboro when 43-year-old Gary Moncier approached them.

The judge did not recognize him, but Moncier knew the judge from a foreclosure hearing that cost him his home. He walked up and asked Brandon if he was a judge.

"I responded that I was and he looked at me and said 'you foreclosed on my house,' and kicked me and started swinging," said Brandon.

Brandon fought back, kicking Moncier in the groin. Moncier then ran from the store, but then later turned himself in at the sheriff's office and admitted to assaulting the judge.

"I obviously regret it and wish I could take it back," said Moncier.

The judge was not badly injured. Moncier said he was not stalking the judge and he did not have a weapon. 

He was charged with simple assault and retaliation for past action. Moncier was also put on administrative leave from his job.

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