Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The Florida Supreme Court has ordered the removal from office of a Circuit Judge.
The misconduct involved a number of matters. One was an illegal $30,000 loan from his mother for his campaign for judicial office.The court found that he had gained office through illegal means.
After he was elected, he engaged in the unauthorized practice of law by representing his mother in a foreclosure action.
Another violation related to his interactions with a female subordinate employee. The judge was a cancer survivor. The employee had a child with cancer. He "injected himself" into the employee and her son's life in an unwanted and somewhat obsessive manner. His interest was not sexual but apparently a product of his loneliness.
A panel rejected additional charges of misconduct involving inappropriate remarks and unwanted physical contact with female subordinate employees.
The court declined to address the judge's Constitutional challenges to other charges relating to the conduct of his campaign. (Mike Frisch)