(Source) — The 10th floor of a Santa Ana courthouse was the site of a bloody brawl Wednesday between a defense attorney and an investigator from the Orange County district attorney’s office, authorities said. The fight erupted about 10:30 a.m. in the courthouse hallway between defense attorney James Crawford and the unidentified investigator, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Stichter. Crawford, who recently won a high-profile court victory against the district attorney’s office in the ongoing jailhouse snitch scandal, was left bleeding, battered and bruised. It’s unclear what, if any, injuries the investigator had. Jerry Steering, a lawyer representing Crawford, said his client was in the courthouse to represent a woman who was subpoenaed to testify. The D.A.’s investigator was assigned to watch over the woman, he said. When Crawford approached his client, the investigator disparaged defense attorneys as “sleazy,” Steering said. Crawford replied that defense attorneys were no worse than the Orange County district attorney’s office, which has been mired in an ever-widening scandal over the use of testimony from inmate informants. As Crawford walked away, the investigator flicked a large paper clip at the lawyer, Steering said. Crawford then tossed the clip back toward the investigator. “The investigator then grabs [Crawford’s] head and slams it into the bench and then punches him like 10 times in the face and head,” Steering said, adding that sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Santa Ana Police Department had to remove the investigator.
Good god, what a picture. When I saw the headline I assumed this was a lawyer fight. You know, the standard fight between people wearing Sperrys and polos yelling, “My dad’s gonna sue you!” at each other. But, boy oh boy, did this dude get his ass kicked. I had Chris Tucker eyes the second I opened that page and saw this dude’s face, it looks like Vin Diesel took a wrench to his head because he killed his father or something. I guess that will teach him to participate in snitch scandals, though? I have no idea if there was a connection or if this was strictly a paper clip throwing related incident, but the second you sign on for a snitch case you have to know you’ll get your just deserves eventually. Snitches get stitches, Crawford. Doesn’t matter if you work in an office of leatherbound books and wear suspenders, or if you’re a bottom bunk bitch out on D block, snitches get stitches.