SCRANTON - A Cherry Hill, N.J., lawyer has been charged with assault after authorities say he repeatedly punched his opposing counsel during an argument in a northeastern Pennsylvania courthouse.

Police say Michael Rauch, 46, threw three roundhouse punches at Scranton lawyer John Fisher at the Lackawanna County Courthouse on Thursday.

The two had been on opposite sides of a civil lawsuit involving a 2003 car crash.

Rauch was charged with simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct.

Court papers say Rauch told sheriff's deputies that he had asked Fisher to leave him alone but that Fisher continued to harass him.

Rauch spent the morning in a holding cell and later left the courthouse on $10,000 bail. Fisher declined comment.