Defense attorney cuffed, chained at hearing.

Byline: Erika Strebel,

A Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge on Friday had a defense attorney handcuffed and chained during a hearing on Friday for contempt of court.

During a hearing before Judge David Borowski, Assistant State Public Defender Puck Tsai was taken into custody for contempt of court, according to online court records.

Tsai, who graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2014, had been representing the Milwaukee resident Marcus Wilborn, who was charged in July with a felony count of homicide by the negligent operation of a vehicle. Wilborn had been released on signature bond in August.

On Friday, Borowski set a $2,500 cash bail for Wilborn over what appeared to be a diluted drug test that suggested that Wilborn may have violated his bond conditions.

Tsai was taken into custody after Borowski ordered cash bail, according to online court records.

Tsai later returned to court and apologized to Borowski, according to court records. Tsai was released, and Borowski stayed his earlier order for cash bailuntilWilborncould be retested.

That test came out negative, and Borowski vacated hisprevious order and released Wilborn back on signature bond, according to court records.

Tsai was simply doing his job by being a strong advocate for his client, said Randy Kraft, SPD communications director, in a statement Monday.

"The fact that our attorney was taken into custody, handcuffed and belly-chained...

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