There must be something in the water down in Florida. I've written recently about a judge who assaulted a public defender
who was standing up for his client and multiple judges who were arrested and charged for driving under the influence
Now, we have a story of a judge who was recently disbarred for engaging in a romantic relationship
with the prosecutor while conducting a capital murder trial in her courtroom. Evidence suggests that during the trial and penalty phase, the two exchanged 949 cell phone calls and 471 text messages. Once the relationship came to light, the defendant in the murder trial was granted a new trial and was ultimately convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Unfortunately, this story of romantic relationships between judges and prosecutors is not limited to Florida. In fact, such a relationship was discovered here in the Denver area in 2007 where a judge and prosecuting attorney had an affair while the prosecutor was trying DUI cases before the judge.
We expect that when we go into a courtroom, all parties will be treated fairly. Unfortunately, these situations arise and when they are discovered, they end up in a loss of trust and due process as well as a significant cost to the taxpayers due to new trials being granted.