Video is circulating of an amusing exchange between Broward County, Florida Judge John “Jay” Hurley and a man who recently appeared in his court (watch the video here)
Judge Hurley is seen on the video announcing his next case, “How about Edward Cocaine.” He then quickly questions what he just read with a stunned, “What?”
As reported by the Sun Sentinel, Edward Cocaine, 34, was arrested on Tuesday in Pembroke Pines and brought before the judge on drug possession charges for…Xanax. The judge had Mr. Cocaine state his name and a voice off-camera is heard confirming that “Edward Cocaine” is indeed the man’s legal name and is on his driver’s license. After several long pauses and courtroom laughter, Judge Hurley said, “You know, I’d thought I’d seen it all.”
The judge’s surprise over the name prompted him to ask, "How many times have police told you to step out of the car sir, in your life?" Cocaine replied, “Just about every time I get pulled over.”
When it was explained to the judge that the Fort Lauderdale man was employed at Home Depot and he lived in the area his entire life, Judge Hurley said, “I’m still trying to absorb this.”
So how did Edward get his striking surname? Turns out that his family’s original Greek name was shortened. "My great-grandparents, they came over here from Greece and they changed it," Cocaine explained. "That was back like in the 1920s."
Edward Cocaine was released on his own recognizance.
Video and more info: Sun Sentinel