- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

MAYWOOD, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a Cook County Jail inmate appearing in a suburban Chicago court for a routine hearing attacked a judge with his fists.

Cook County Jail Executive Director Cara Smith says the judge was taken to a nearby hospital Thursday. The injuries suffered by the judge during the attack inside a Maywood courtroom were not considered life threatening.

Smith says 30-year-old Michael Ganter was being led to the holding cell after the judicial proceeding when he broke away from two deputies. Ganter allegedly struck the unidentified judge in the head. A stun gun used in the ensuing scuffle may have hit the judge.

Smith says Ganter has been in custody since Aug. 14 on aggravated battery and resisting arrest charges. She says Ganter will face new charges.

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