Ethics charges filed Against Broward Judge John Patrick Contini

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The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission announced formal charges against Broward Circuit Judge John Patrick Contini, accusing him of providing one sided assistance to defense lawyers and acting unprofessionally toward prosecutors who formally complained about it.

 

NOVEMBER 26, 2015

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Ethics charges filed

Against Broward Judge

John Patrick Contini

John Contini
Judge John Patrick Contini

NOVEMBER 26, 2015

 

The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission announced formal charges against Broward Circuit Judge John Patrick Contini, accusing him of providing one sided assistance to defense lawyers and acting unprofessionally toward prosecutors who formally complained about it.

Contini, a former prosecutor and defense lawyer who was elected last year, angered the State Attorney’s office in March, when he sent an email to an assistant public defender offering advice on how to write successful motions for reduced sentences.

Prosecutors called it an improper communication with one side in a criminal case, which is prohibited by judicial ethics.

The State Attorney’s Office then sought to have Contini removed from all criminal cases, arguing that he could no longer be considered impartial.

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The Broward State Attorney’s Office along with the State Attorney General’s Office, filed a brief with the appeals court siding with Broward prosecutors.

During an August hearing, Contini called the Attorney General’s brief “a fraud on the Fourth DCA” and “a lie from the pit of hell.” He also threatened to remove prosecutor Joel Silvershein. Silvershein admitted helping the Attorney General’s Office compile a list of cases from which Contini should be disqualified.

Judge Contini requested a transfer to the family division.

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