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Chad Johnson

Tapping Asses ... Sign of

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

6/11/2013 7:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Chad Johnson
patted his lawyer's ass in court Monday as a sign of respect ... so claims the tapee, attorney Adam Swickle.

Swickle filed legal docs -- just obtained by TMZ -- in which he pleads with the judge to reconsider her decision to throw out Chad's plea deal and throw him in the slammer for 30 days -- all because she believed the former NFLer disrespected the court with the tap.

In the legal docs, Chad's lawyer says "Mr. Johnson has been a professional football player in the National Football League for eleven (11) years and patting another individual on the backside is viewed as a sign of respect and gratitude."

Swickle also noted that Chad was goaded into finding some form of compliment by the judge herself, who told him to thank his lawyer.

As for the judge's outrage that people in the court were laughing at the ass tap ... Swickle says, "This is not Mr. Johnson's fault and he should not be punished for the actions of third parties."

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Swickle says the 30-day jail sentence is "somewhat excessive" and is asking the judge to reconsider.  A hearing is set for Monday.  Until then ... it's pokey time for Chad.

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Los Pepes    

Alot of idiots deffending this douchebag

407 days ago
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Harlin's Garage    

Then i hope your shown alot of respect during your lockdown turd....

407 days ago
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Harlin's Garage    

holy crap, i just noticed his attorney is white. lawyer should wait three days then file a civil suit against the turd for sexual battery, emotional distress, mental anguish, public humiliation, etc. Then top it off by throwin the old race card at him on the way out..

407 days ago
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ABB    

We need a tough Judge like this to punish that scanc Lindsay Lohan.

407 days ago
5.

Jordan    

Adam Swickle the Florida Attorney who thinks Jodi Arias is innocent of Slaughtering her Boyfriend? Good to know that he has trouble handling a Simple Plea Agreement.

407 days ago
6.

Harlin's Garage    

harvey, i'm Jonesin for another Paris Klein Jackson story....

407 days ago
7.

beef    

Yeah she definitely overreacted. Make it right biatch

407 days ago
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Vegas mommy    

I am not a fan of this man but really? This was such BS to go to jail for!! The judge didn't have a problem with him slapping the wife but catches feeling over this?!?

407 days ago
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KayQ    

If there hadn't been an audience in the courtroom and he did that she wouldn't have even cared that it happened.

407 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

They'll be no respect in her court room!!!!!!
She wont stand for that. Off with his head!!!!!

407 days ago
11.

Elle    

The judge acted rashly and emotionally. The punishment does not fit the crime at all. She needs to reconsider stat.

407 days ago
12.

Elle    

The judge acted rashly and emotionally. The punishment does not fit the crime at all. She needs to reconsider stat.

407 days ago
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Blue Lake    

The judge overreacted. But Chad belongs in jail and I hope Chris Brown gets this judge next.

407 days ago
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Eli7798    

This is what happens when you give a women to much power. She allows her emotions to interfere with her judgement. I think she was just jealous that Chad wasn't tapping her ass instead? Jungle Fever!

407 days ago
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TheEric    

He's not in the NFL anymore and the judge wasn't presiding on a football field. He was in a courtroom and if he can't tell the difference, then I hope he takes some GED courses while he's in jail. If a drag queen had said 'Work bitch' to the judge, does anyone think their lawyer could say 'Well, in the drag world, that's a form of respect' and have anyone accept that as a reasonable answer? It doesn't matter what you used to do for a living or what is considered a sign of respect there. He was in a courtroom and his actions were disrespectful. He was also disrespectful when he willingly didn't follow the rules of his probation. I hope his dumb ass stays locked up.

407 days ago
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