- Ex-Judge Faces Ethics Case, as Lawyer, re Alleged Chats with Murder Prosecutor While Still On Bench
Trials & Litigation
Ex-Judge Faces Ethics Case, as Lawyer, re Alleged Chats with Murder Prosecutor While Still On Bench
Posted Sep 9, 2011 5:45 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
A prosecutor who reportedly may have chatted extensively with a Florida judge during a time when he was trying a capital murder case in her court has been facing renewed legal ethics scrutiny since June.
But then-Broward Circuit Judge Ana Gardiner avoided the same problem by resigning from the bench and returning to private practice. Now, however, Gardiner is also facing a legal ethics case as an attorney over the same claimed conduct, the Daily Business Review reports in an article reprinted in New York Lawyer (reg. req.).
A Miami-Dade grievance committee of the Florida Bar found probable cause last month to charge Gardiner with three ethics violations, and a complaint will now be drafted detailing the charges of misconduct, misrepresentation and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice against Gardiner. She is a partner with Cole, Scott & Kissane.
An ethics complaint is still pending against prosecutor Howard Scheinberg after a probable cause finding in June.
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