A judge is in hot water after she verbally abused a defendant in response to his verbal abuse toward her; but social media is backing her retort all the way.
Judge Patricia Lynch QC was sentencing John Hennigan at Chelmsford Crown Court for his ninth breach of an antisocial behaviour order in 11 years when the exchange took place.
Hennigan, 50, told the judge during sentencing she was "a bit of a c***", she swiftly responded: "You are a bit of a c*** yourself. Being offensive to me does not help".
Hennigan shouted back: "Go f*** yourself", the judge said: "You too."
The exchange prompted complaints to the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO), which is now considering them in accordance with Judicial Conduct law.
When the news hit the web, social media had a more accepting response; the judge is being hailed as a hero.
During Hennigan's court appearance, where he was sentenced to 18 months in jail for using racist language toward a black woman, he shouted "Sieg Heil".
And it's not the first time he's made pro-Nazi gestures. He has previously been in court for making the Nazi salute in a pub. He claimed, however, he was only raising his arm to collect his change after purchasing a drink.
The man was put on an antisocial behaviour order after a swastika was discovered etched into the front door of his council house.