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Judicial Ethics Findings Reversed

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Judicial Ethics Findings Reversed
A couple months back when Tampa Lawyer Beth Reineke was running to unseat Hillsborough Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Bergmann, the Hillsborough County Judicial Campaign Practices Committee found both had committed ethical violations on the campaign trail. Their alleged offenses? Bergmann had made the unverifiable claim that a majority of family law attorneys supported his candidacy, while Reineke said Bergmann was "just doing time" on the bench.
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Ethics, Politics, Judicial Branch, Hillsborough County | View Count: (1118)
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Judge Judged

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Judge Judged
The Hillsborough County Judicial Campaign Practices Committee has found Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Bergmann committed an ethical violation for statements he allegedly made about the depth of his support among family-law attorneys. Beth Reineke, a lawyer who is running for Bergmann's seat, complained that Judge Bergmann claimed a majority of family-law attorneys supported his candidacy.
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Ethics, Politics, Judicial Branch, Hillsborough County | View Count: (1287)
Watchdog Group Accuses Judge Of Violating Ethics During Forum
A watchdog group claims a judge violated ethics rules when he talked about how many family law attorneys support him in the upcoming election. The Hillsborough County Judicial Campaign Practices Committee issued its opinion against Hillsborough Circuit Judge Charles Bergmann on Friday. The committee has no sanctioning power, but Chairman Tom Scarritt said it will pass its findings to the Florida Judicial Qualifications committee, which can bring charges with powerful sanctions. Ultimately, the ...
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Judicial Branch, Ethics, Politics, Hillsborough County | View Count: (1191)
Appointment by House Speaker to Florida Commission on Ethics
It is my pleasure to appoint you to serve as a member of the Florida Commission on Ethics. By copy of this letter I am notifying the Ms. Bonnie Williams,Executive Director, and the Governor's Office. You should be hearing from Ms. Williams with further instructions. Should you have any questions regarding your appointment, please contact Edward Howlette or Missy Jones in the Office of the Speaker 850 488-7171. Congratulations on your appointment, and thank you for your willingness to serve.
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Politics, Ethics, Judicial Branch, Certifications | View Count: (1109)
Judicial Races, Already Pretty Clean, Get Another Shot Of Antiseptic
Compared to other political races, judicial elections are a crushing snooze. The candidates, having law degrees, are circumspect by nature, and a rigid code of conduct usually prevents even the wildest ones from saying much. Still, no election is without at least a whiff of controversy or display of dubious judgement. Enter the Hillsborough County Judicial Campaign Practices Committeeformed in April by the county bar in association with with the spur of Circuit Judge Kevin Carey.
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Categories: Ethics | Tags: Judicial Policy, Politics, Ethics, Judicial Branch | View Count: (2214)
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Winning The War

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Winning The War
Tom Scarritt understands the consequence. His decision to accept a voluntary job as chairman of a newly formed watchdog group means he can no longer publicly support his favorite judicial candidates. That’s a sacrifice for this politically active Tampa lawyer who managed Hillsborough Circuit Judge Kevin Carey’s election campaign nearly two years ago and who has financially backed the bids of several other judicial candidates.
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Categories: Past Law Cases | Tags: Ethics, Judicial Policy, Politics, Judicial Branch, Hillsborough County | View Count: (1157)
New Case Protects Mayors and City Commissioners: The U.S. Supreme Court Extends Absolute Immunity To Local Legislators
In Bogan v. Janet Scott-Harris,1 the Mayor and the City Council of Fall River, Massachusetts, passed a bill that eliminated the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), which was headed by Janet Scott-Harris, the first African American to work for the City. Janet Scott-Harris had been Fall River's first black administrator when she was hired in 1987 to head the DHHS. In 1990, Scott-Harris accused a long time City employee, Dorothy Biltcliffe, of repeatedly using racial slurs, including ca...
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Categories: Articles | Tags: Legislation, Daniel Bogan, Politics | View Count: (1491)
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