South Florida

Colorful South Florida Bond Court Judge John Hurley Moving On

An unflappable and down-to-earth judge in South Florida's Broward County who became well known for presiding over bond court hearings broadcast daily over the internet is moving on after eight years.

Judge John "Jay" Hurley, who often wore a bow tie and bantered with a wide variety of defendants, estimates he presided over some 200,000 hearings in which defendants make their initial appearances and sometimes get bail. Hurley will now handle trials and other matters that are not necessarily streamed online. He is being replaced by Judge Michael Davis.

The SunSentinel reported Tuesday that among Hurley's notable cases were when he ordered a man accused of battery against his wife to buy her flowers, a birthday card, take her bowling and to dinner at her favorite restaurant, Red Lobster.

Here are some more "Best of Judge Hurley" moments in court:

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