Yeah, that was weird, because that cop wasn't the mainly bad guy, but got such a big beat-up scene..I first wonderes if the killing of the judge got cut out in TV, but it wasn't. I still like this movie somehow, I just love trashy 70s movies!
"Breaker! Breaker!" was one of those low budget independent movies produced by a studio no one ever heard of and probably never made a film since who sold what they called the finished film to American International who in turn bought it only because Chuck Norris was in it. As in many cases with an independent movie by independent producers, it is very possible that during the filming stage they ran through their budget and had to stop production until they could find more investors. It could be possible this film ran out of funds two or three times. If that was the case then most of the cast members would not actually be obligated to return to the set and complete the movie. That would especially be the case with George Murdock who was cast in several other movies and television shows that same year. That would mean that a possible reason why we never found out what happened to the judge was because Murdock was no longer available to film the scenes that showed what happened. He fought Boles at the end of the movie because none of the other actors were available. etc. The producers would have filmed what scenes they needed to give the movie an ending because all they really needed was the film to be 90 minutes long and have some sort of conclusion. They weren't making an academy award worthy film, they were making a Karate Trucker film for the grindhouse/drive-in movie circuit, so why would the even care?