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He's Been Cured!': Watch a 'Bedridden' Defendant 'Walk' After Bantering With Judge Over $100 Fine


"It didn't look like you were in bed at that time."

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Carl Funk can't walk.

But the 58-year-old south Florida resident certainly threw a courtroom audience for a loop when he seemed to do just that on Friday -- right after explaining he's confined to a bed for the rest of his life.

Funk was appearing before a Broward County judge via a jailhouse-courtroom video link for a 2005 trespassing and open container violation. A deputy helped him into a chair before Funk explained his situation to Judge John Hurley, according to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

"I am disabled and it's really a problem for me to move around," Funk said. "I really need to be in my bed and that's where I'll be for the rest of my life."

Hurley, reading from a police report stating Funk was trespassing on private property, replied, "It didn't look like you were in bed at that time."

"I was [dragged] out by two unknown people," Funk said.

He said he did not have an open container of alcohol in his hand.

"I plead not guilty, Your Honor, it wasn't in my hand," Funk said.

Hurley -- who pokes fun at the defendant for most of the hearing -- interrupted Funk, pointing out that the violation occurred seven years ago and asking,  "How do you remember where it was?"

After some additional back and forth, the judge set bond for Funk at $50 -- down from $100, which Funk said he could not pay -- with a six-month payment plan in exchange for a guilty plea.

"We are defendant-friendly in this courtroom," Hurley said. "Good luck, Funk."

That's when Funk stood up and walked away -- and the courtroom audience started to laugh.

Astonished, the judge asked the deputy what had happened. The deputy explained Funk had used a walker not visible on camera.

"He's been cured!" Hurley said while raising his hands.

Watch video of the hearing below, which includes plenty of light-hearted one-liners from the judge:

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