In a Marion County Courthouse earlier this month, a Florida criminal defense lawyer was reportedly handcuffed and arrested by a court bailiff. Henry Ferro says Anthony Riggins violated his civil rights by touching him without permission and falsely arresting him. Ferro was in court to help a client enter a change of plea on a violation of probation when the bailiff told him to move into the audience area.
The lawyer apparently left the courtroom, and Riggins followed him outside, where he arrested him. Riggins was put on suspended leave with pay after the incident. Ferro, who formed criminal defense law practice in 2001, filed a complaint with the Ocala Police Department and contacted the State Attorney’s Office about possible criminal charges.
The incident remains under investigation.
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