CHICAGO (CBS)–Cook County Judge Joseph Claps was acquitted Tuesday of a misdemeanor gun charge.

judge Judge Who Dropped Gun In Courthouse Acquitted

Judge Joseph Claps was seen on surveillance video July 3 at the Criminal Courts building at 26th and California as an object he was carrying under his jacket slipped out and fell to the floor.

Claps dropped an object that appeared to be a firearm as he entered t the Criminal Courts building at the 26th and California courthouse on July 3.

A judge on Tuesday dropped the charge after his attorney, Thomas Breen, argued there was no proof the object was a weapon.

Breen claimed in court that deputies who were nearby when the object dropped would have reacted quickly if it had been a firearm.