Remember Judge Eileen O'Connor? She is back in the news.
Broward Circuit Judge Eileen O'Connor will not face judicial misconduct charges in connection with accusations she failed to disclose two employee discrimination complaints when she applied to become a judge in 2003, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has learned.
The state watchdog agency that monitors judges, the Judicial Qualifications Commission, voted at its Aug. 24 meeting to dismiss a complaint against O'Connor.
Sources who spoke last year to the Sun-Sentinel on condition of anonymity said the complaints were brought by attorneys -- one Jewish and one black -- when O'Connor was a supervisor in the civil division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Fort Lauderdale.
In June 2005, the Fort Lauderdale branch of the NAACP asked the commission to investigate those allegations after a controversy erupted about O'Connor sentencing a potential juror, Stacey Forbes, to jail because of allegations he lied about prior arrests. Forbes is black.
Complaints to the commission are supposed to be confidential and are not made a public record unless it decides to file charges. However, sources familiar with the investigation said Friday the allegations against O'Connor had been dismissed.
O'Connor could not be reached for comment and is prohibited from discussing the matter by the rules governing judges, her attorney Michael Tein said.
As her attorney, Tein said he also was unable to confirm or deny any commission investigation of O'Connor.
Tein said that after the allegations were made public by the NAACP, he thoroughly investigated them and found no merit to them.
He said he got a copy of O'Connor's entire personnel file from the Department of Justice and it contained no reference to any complaint against the judge and no settlements of any kind with any aggrieved employee.
The JQC's decision is sad but unsurprising. They are a former knucklehead winner who will not police judges in this state. The same goes for the Florida State Supreme Court.
I will say it again, the justice system in Florida is both broken and corrupt. What other reason justifies the JQC's decision on O'Connor. She lied to get her job, and nothing is being done against her. What does this say about the integrity of ALL courts in Florida. The JQC apparently is either dumb or corrupt, for they can't see that their actions are destroying the justice system they are to monitor. If judges aren't held accountable, why should the people of Florida respect the law? Tell me.
Truthfully, there has to be corruption involved because keeping people like O'Connor and Judge Stoop on the bench is too idiotic to be justified otherwise. How much is the JQC being paid to look the other way?
Giving the JQC another knucklehead award isn't worth it. Their a bunch of corrupt officials whose payback day will come. Florida citizens have to take back our courts or no one is safe.
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