Legal Ethics

Judge who accused prosecutor of 'lie from the pit of hell' agrees to reprimand and apology

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A resolution has been reached of a legal ethics case against South Florida judge who ran into trouble last year, while still new on the bench.

Broward Circuit Judge John Patrick Contini advised public defenders, in an email, about how to seek leniency and then blasted a prosecutor who made a filing objecting to the ex parte communication, claiming that she had told “a lie from the pit of hell.”

However, Contini, who called the email a rookie mistake, has now accepted a recommendation by the state Judicial Qualifications Commission that he be given a reprimand and hand-deliver a written apology to the prosecutor, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

The article does not include any comment from Contini or his legal counsel.

The state supreme court must still approve the discipline recommended by the JQC before it is final.

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