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Broward Judge John Contini Publicly Reprimanded by The Florida Supreme Court
On Tuesday February 07, 2017, The Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded Broward County Circuit Judge John Patrick Contini for Official Judicial Misconduct.
The reprimand was the result of charges brought against the judge by the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission, (JQC), for a few incidents that happened in 2015 when the judge first took office.
Contini, a former prosecutor and defense lawyer, 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.
During an August hearing in 2015, 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.
After Contini’s transfer, the Fourth District Court of Appeal decided to remove Contini from 28 cases, allowing him to move forward with all the rest. By then, the issue was already settled because the cases were transferred to other circuit court judges.
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A New Complaint Filed Against The Judge
The Supreme Court did not know about the new complaint against the judge as JQC complaints are kept secret until they decide to actually file charges against any judge.
We only know because the person that made the complaint sent us a copy that we published here at:
As far as we know we are the only ones who have published this.
Indeed the JQC may or may not file charges against the judge and like anyone else, he is innocent till proven guilty.
We’ll let you know as soon as we hear from the person that made the complaint.
We found a Sunday Bond Court video of three hours of this judge, just three weeks before the reprimand.
So if you want to see him in action, watch this video.