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Lawyers in courthouse fistfight file dueling lawsuits

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Two lawyers involved in a January fight in a West Virginia courthouse have filed dueling lawsuits.

Stephen Sean Murphy sued first, naming Scott Radman as a defendant in his Monongalia Circuit Court complaint. However, Radman fired back with a counterclaim alleging that he was the victim in the Marion County courthouse fray, WOWK reports.

Each contends that the other started the Jan. 22 fight, as words were exchanged in a courthouse hallway after apparently unrelated matters brought the two to the same courtroom at the same time.

Murphy, who was charged with malicious wounding, said he sustained “contusions and abrasions to his head and neck” defending himself and that his suit, shirt and tie were destroyed.

Radman said he was the victim, suffering two broken eye sockets and a skull fracture that required hospitalization.

Additional coverage: “Courthouse fray sends lawyers to hospital, jail”

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