Footage of a Michigan judge who tossed off his robes to help tackle a defiant man in his courtroom has surfaced online.
The incident involving Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John McBain – who previously told a killer that “I hope you die in prison” – happened in December and the video was released Wednesday.
McBain had just ordered the man to jail, but the man resisted efforts by the officer to handcuff him, The Associated Press reported.
McBain told the Jackson Citizen Patriot that the man was "totally disturbing the decorum of the court." The newspaper published video of the confrontation.
Jackson County Chief Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson said McBain's actions were allowable.
"A judge has the power to take whatever action is necessary to maintain order in the courtroom," he told The Associated Press.
McBain previously was known for blasting a defiant convicted killer in a 2014 case.
During sentencing in that trial, the victim’s family member was interrupted by the killer.
"You're going to shut your mouth or I'm going to have some duct tape put on it,” McBain said, according to Fox 2. "I hope you die in prison. If this was a death penalty state, you'd be getting the chair."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.