Criminal Justice

Appeals court upholds 20-year sentence for ex-judge convicted of stealing $80K

A 20-year prison term for a former Miami judge has been upheld by a Florida appeals court.

Former Circuit Judge Phillip Davis had argued that the sentence was excessive, because he had turned down a plea deal that could have gotten him only a four-year prison term. But the 3rd District Court of Appeal said the sentencing court had not abused its discretion, reports the Miami Herald (sub. req.).

Davis was convicted in 2009 for stealing $80,000 from a social services agency.

A Justice Building Blog post links to a copy of the appellate court’s Wednesday ruling (PDF).

The Associated Press has a story, too.

See also

Associated Press (2005): “Former judge again accused of scheming”

Sun-Sentinel (2010): “Ex-judge Sent To Prison For Stealing”

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