Especially when he’s in a courtroom, working as a legal assistant for his brother, a defense attorney?

The Monitor reports that Richard Alvarez, now an administrative assistant for the Hildago County Judge in Edinburg, Texas, was found guilty of a misdemeanor assault charge, arising out of a 2007 courtroom brawl caught on videotape. He was sentenced to two years of probation, 50 hours of community service, and a $500 fine. His conviction won’t affect his employment with the county, and his defense counsel says he plans to appeal the jury verdict.

According to The Monitor, a court hearing over child custody got physical when Alvarez threw a punch and placed his hands on the neck of another man involved in the dispute. Alvarez says he was defending his brother after the man became aggressive towards him, but at some point the man’s mother got involved, grabbing Alvarez, and ripping his shirt and tie.

I bet that’s some videotape.

Alvarez quotes John Wayne in his own defense, maintaining the Duke “always said, ‘A man’s got to do what man’s got to do.'”

I’m not sure if John Wayne always – or ever – said that, but Ringo Kid did say in Stagecoach, “Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from.”

But are there some things a legal assistant should run away from?

Source:  The Monitor

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