the Boston Hearld said occurred next:
Just as [the. . . ] jury-waived trial was about to get under way on a charge [the defendant] assaulted a correctional officer at Bridgewater State Hospital, Eben Howard told Judge Diane M. Kottmyer that Denner was 'useless rubbish,' had poisoned his cranberry juice and that Denner’s co-counsel, Mark Freeman, had run over his dog, according to a transcript. Howard, 36, handcuffed and in chains, lunged at Denner.
'The court officers subdued (Howard) immediately,' said court spokeswoman Joan Kenney. 'There was adequate security in the courtroom when the incident happened, and there will be again when the defendant is back in court.' 'It’s no problem,' Denner told the Herald. 'I’m not intending to press charges. The court officers were very diligent and very quick.' Howard, who Denner said is awaiting trial for murder in North Carolina, was accused of beating family killer Neil Entwistle at the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge in 2006. Denner said he was jumped right after telling Kottmyer Howard was competent to stand trial. 'Perhaps I spoke too hastily,' [attorney Denner] said."
Who says practicing law isn't stressful. Seriously, I've had several occasions in my career where I've requested security--it can be a challenge.