Public Shaming for Florida Judge

The Florida Supreme Court delivered a public reprimand to Orlando Judge Kim Shepard this week. 

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga says Shepard lied in her 2014 campaign by sending out fliers claiming an endorsement from the Orlando Sentinel. 

But the newspaper had endorsed her opponent, and the quotes on that flier were from a campaign 20 years before.

"The First Amendment does not create a free pass for judicial candidates to distort facts or to misrepresent themselves or their opponents in their campaign," Justice Labarga said.

Along with the public reprimand, Shepard has been suspended for 90 days and ordered to pay court costs, which usually amount to several thousand dollars in these cases.

Labarga also warned Shepard not to screw up again if she wants to remain a judge.


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