Court laughs as 'bedridden' man walks

July 15, 2012 at 12:38 PM
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POMPANO BEACH, Fla., July 15 (UPI) -- A Florida courtroom erupted in laughter as a supposedly bedridden man apparently got up and walked away after appearing on a video link on a trespassing charge.

Carl Funk, 58, of Hallandale Beach, appeared before Broward Judge John "Jay" Hurley, via a jailhouse-courtroom video link Friday for a 2005 trespassing and open-container warrant, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

Two deputies at the jail helped put Funk in a chair, where he sat during the hearing.

Funk pleaded not guilty to the charges, arguing that he was bedridden and on the night of the alleged trespassing, two men carried him out of his home to a neighbor's property.

"I was [dragged] out by two unknown people," Funk said, adding that he had no memory of holding an open container of alcohol.

The judge set Funk's bond at $100, but after he said he could not afford it, Hurley offered Funk a six-month payment plan of $50 in exchange for a guilty plea, which Funk accepted.

Then, Funk stood up and walked away off screen.

Deputies at the jail said Funk used a walker that could not be seen on camera.

As the courtroom erupted with laughter, Hurley said, "He's been cured."

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