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November 11, 2022

Former Florida Judge Suspended for Shaking Court Employee

On October 6, the Supreme Court of Florida suspended a former judge from the practice of law for 90 days for placing her hands on or near the neck of a court employee and shaking him. According to the Referee’s Report accepting a consent judgment, in June 2019, the circuit court judge called the court employee into the hallway and made a shaking motion on the employee’s neck area in response to the employee’s failure to provide the documents the judge needed to prepare for the afternoon docket. The report found that the judge violated Rules Regulating the Florida Bar Rule 4-8.4 (b) (criminal acts) and 4-8.4 (d) (conduct prejudicial to the practice of law).

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