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Thu., Jan. 14, 2010, 11:05 a.m.

Seattle judge smacked in mouth

A mental patient threw his sandal at King County Superior Court judge Palmer Robinson, hitting the judge in the mouth but causing minimal injury.

Three bailiffs subdued the attacker, who was identified by The Associated Press as 22-year-old Abdi Abukar of Seattle.

Find the AP story by clicking through to see the whole post.

SEATTLE (AP) — A man in a Seattle courtroom for a mental competency hearing threw his jail sandal at the judge and hit him in the mouth.

King County Superior Court Administrator Paul Sherfey says Judge Palmer Robinson was not injured in Wednesday's incident. Three jail guards quickly subdued the defendant, 22-year-old Abdi Abukar of Seattle.

The Seattle Times reports he'll now have assault added to previous charges of robbery, burglary and illegal gun possession.

Medical staff at Western State Hospital found Abukar was mentally competent to stand trial, but angry.




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