TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) —A former judge has been disbarred for her handling of a murder case while she was in a relationship with a prosecutor.
The Supreme Court took away the law license of former Broward County Circuit Judge Ana Gardiner on Thursday, June 5th. The high court said the severe sanction was appropriate because Gardiner’s actions resulted in a new trial in a murder case.
During the 2007 trial, prosecutor Howard Scheinberg and Gardiner began a secret personal relationship and exchanged repeated phone calls and texts. Gardiner was presiding over the trial.
Omar Loureiro was convicted of first-degree murder, and Gardiner sentenced him to death. The conviction was thrown out after her relationship with Scheinberg was disclosed. Loureiro was convicted after a second trial and sentenced to life in prison.
Gardiner resigned from the bench in 2010.
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