TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The Florida Supreme Court has approved a 30-day suspension without pay and a $10,000 fine for a Miami-Dade County judge who was accused of misconduct related to comments she made during an election campaign and her handling of notes in a court file.READ MORE: Taste Of The Town: More To Mediterranean Dining At Abba Telavivian Kitchen In South Beach
Judge Jacqueline Schwartz will also be required to appear in front of the Supreme Court for a public reprimand, the court said in a unanimous ruling.
Schwartz and the state Judicial Qualifications Commission, which investigates judicial misconduct, initially agreed that her penalties should involve a public reprimand and a letter of apology. But the Supreme Court in April rejected that agreement, known as a stipulation, and called for the addition of a fine and a suspension. That led to the revised agreement approved Thursday.READ MORE: ‘Just Really Shaken Up’: CBS4 Crew Attacked On South Beach While Working Story About Efforts To Cut Down On Violence There
One of the allegations involved a June 2014 incident in which Schwartz used profanity and threatened to sue a convenience-store owner who had declined to allow her to display a campaign sign at the store, the ruling said.
The other allegation involved notes that Schwartz wrote on scrap paper and on documents in a court file during the course of a case. One of the parties in the case reviewed the court file and photocopied Schwartz’s notes. The party then requested a certified copy of the pages, but Schwartz instructed her bailiff to remove the pages from the file, Thursday’s ruling said.
The missing pages were never found.MORE NEWS: Search For Missing Florida Teen Tristyn Bailey Ends After Body Found, Teen Charged With Murder
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.