TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With Chief Justice Charles Canady pointing to “inappropriate and intemperate behavior,” the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday publicly reprimanded a Broward County circuit judge for conduct during a criminal trial last year.

Circuit Judge Dennis Daniel Bailey stood quietly as Canady read the reprimand, which followed a recommendation from the state Judicial Qualifications Commission.

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Bailey and the commission, which investigates judicial misconduct, had reached a settlement, known as a stipulation, in the case.

Bailey was accused of violating judicial canons because of conduct during an April 2018 trial in which two defense attorneys were trying to make arguments during a sidebar conference.

Bailey became frustrated and ordered a courtroom deputy to approach the bench and remove one of the defense attorneys, with the order made in the presence of the jury, according to documents in the disciplinary proceeding.

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Bailey also subsequently denied a motion that he disqualify himself from the case.

“A judge must exercise control of the courtroom,” Canady said during Wednesday’s reprimand.

“A judge must also exercise self-control in the courtroom. Few things are more corrosive of public respect for the judiciary than the conduct of judges who do not exercise self-control but intemperately abuse lawyers and litigants.”

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