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Chad Johnson

To Be RELEASED

from Florida Jail Today

6/17/2013 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chad Johnson will be a free man TODAY ... because the judge who sent his ass to jail has agreed to release the former NFL star, 1 week after the infamous butt slap.

Johnson appeared in a Florida courtroom today ... where he faced off with Judge McHugh -- the judge who tore him a new one after he slapped his attorney's ass in open court during last week's hearing.

Johnson was brought into the courtroom wearing handcuffs ... and from the moment the hearing began, the judge blasted Chad for his history of disrespectful behavior.

But after the scolding, the judge agreed to release Johnson today -- but extended his probation by one month ... meaning he won't be in the clear until October 16.

During today's hearing, the judge also revisited the 2012 domestic abuse incident involving his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada -- and said what he did to her was "horrific."

Story developing ...

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31.

Liz    

Thia Judge is a jerk the Florida Attorney General said as much and that is why he is being released. FYI Judge you should have a thicker skin.

407 days ago
32.

Brien    

Chad's an idiot, but that judge is a bitch!

407 days ago
33.

Steve    

He should be in there for the crime anyway.

407 days ago
34.

Sarah Davenport    

What jail time ??? He's a celebrity, he probably showered with Blu' Sea soap from Pilgrim Soap Company, the good stuff our legal system, what a joke !!!

407 days ago
35.

Dave H    

She's just jealous a good looking dude isn't slapping her ass.

407 days ago
36.

Elsa    

Maybe im wrong, but after watching the video... you can pick up on the sentiment that the Judge has gender related issues on her mind. Thats ok in the court of public opinion but not in the judges seat. Chad obviously sat in jail not for the pat on the butt, but as the Judge says, he deserved 30 days for the domestic abuse, and just used the court disruptiveness as an excuse to wage her own war.
But, you can tell she loves work... where else can she be an overbearing-nag/scolding mother and get paid for it.

407 days ago
37.

Jay    

What a C (_) n t , she knew she f'd up and she put on that big show to save face!

407 days ago
38.

YouDontSay    

The judge has "issues"

407 days ago
39.

Warren    

Judge McHugh should be ordered to spend a weekend with Chad's Johnson.

407 days ago
40.

Lindsay Lohan Fan Forever    

Great way to advertise yourself for a tv show.
I hope no one was a victim while the jails were preoccupied with this nonsense from someone who hadn't reoffended .

407 days ago
41.

Saffron    

I'm not a fan of Chad but he was in jail way too long. He should sue the Judge. This was just stupid on her part. Chad is in sports and that is what they do...and he's not too smart...obviously.

407 days ago
42.

KM    

I cant believe my tax dollars are paying for this man's jail stay for patting his attorney on the butt! Its appalling, and a gross misuse of tax dollars just because the judge is on a power trip. She should be disbarred.

407 days ago
43.

Dezy P    

If u guys think that Chad is in jail for slapping his attorneys butt, u guys r wrong!!! He head butted his wife that required 8 stitches and he was placed on probation which he violated, and in top of all that disrespected the court by slapping his attorneys butt! He should be in jail longer!!!!!

407 days ago
44.

CaliWriter    

WTF??? This Judge needs a slap in the head. I'm pretty sure Johnson wasn't in front of her for the domestic violence case. Why does he need to keep going in front of the same Judge who was an idiot last week and clearly broke the law herself, Judicial Law.

Someone needs to get her off the bench b/c now the question is, just how many other people are in jail b/c SHE was offended by something.

407 days ago
45.

Veronica    

.....two words......GROW UP!

406 days ago
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