Trials & Litigation

Cranky Attorney, a Former Judge, Reportedly Clashes with Courthouse Security

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Back in the day, Robert Bonanno was a judge in Hillsborough County, Fla., and didn’t have to go through courthouse security to enter his chambers.

But now, as a private attorney, he has to have his personal belongings screened along with everyone else, and this apparently did not put him in a good mood last week, the St. Petersburg Times reports.

A security officer complained in a written report that the 66-year-old lawyer called her names and then declined to wait for the arrival of sheriff’s deputies.

However, having a bad day at the courthouse is no crime, Col. Jim Previtera of the sheriff’s office tells the newspaper.

“Unfortunately, there’s a very small number of attorneys who enter the courthouse who routinely engage in this kind of conduct toward the screeners and the deputies,” said Previtera, adding that he hoped Bonanno was simply having a bad day and would not repeat the behavior that sparked Friday’s incident.

Bonanno didn’t respond to the Times’ request for comment.

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