The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is Florida Fifteenth Circuit Judge Diana Lewis. She gets the award for the following.
A circuit judge whose father owns land in Riviera Beach's redevelopment area should have recused herself from an eminent domain case involving the city and property owners, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.Using the courts you preside over to benefit your family. Why does such conduct from a Florida judge not surprise me? The Florida judicial system is corrupt and or broken from the top down. This is just the latest example. Florida Fifteenth Circuit Judge Diana Lewis is today's Knucklehead of the Day.
The 4th District Court of Appeal said Circuit Judge Diana Lewis should have disqualified herself from the case because her father, Phil Lewis, has "an economic interest" that "could be substantially affected by the proceeding."
Attorneys from the Pacific Legal Foundation, which represents Jerry David and Genie Corie and the Coalition for Property Rights, asked Lewis to recuse herself, but she refused without stating a reason.
That prompted the foundation, a property rights advocacy group, to appeal to the appellate court.
In its ruling, the appellate court said the chief circuit judge must reassign the case.
Through her assistant, Lewis said she had not reviewed the ruling and could not comment on the decision.
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