No. SC09-1182.

76 So.3d 898 (2011)

Inquiry Concerning a Judge, No. 09-01 re N. James TURNER.

Supreme Court of Florida.

November 18, 2011.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John P. Cardillo , Chairman, Hearing Panel, Naples, FL, Michael Louis Schneider , General Counsel, Brooke S. Kennerly , Executive Director, Tallahassee, FL, Marvin E. Barkin , Marie Tomassi , and Michael K. Green of Trenam, Kemker, Scharf, Barkin, Frye, O'Neill, and Mullis, P.A., Tampa, FL and Lauri Waldman Ross of Ross and Girten, Miami, FL; John F. Harkness, Jr. , Executive Director, The Florida Bar, Tallahassee, FL, and Kenneth H.P. Bryk , Bar Counsel, Orlando, FL, for Judicial Qualifications Committee, Petitioner.

Barry Rigby of the Law Office of Barry Rigby, Orlando, FL, and Derek B. Brett of the Brett Law Firm, P.A., Orlando, FL, for Judge Turner, Respondent.


We have for review the recommendation of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) that N. James Turner, Circuit Judge for Florida's Ninth Judicial Circuit, be removed from office for a series of violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct. We have jurisdiction. See art. V, § 12, Fla. Const. For the reasons we explain, we approve the JQC's recommendation of removal.

On July 8, 2009, the Investigative Panel of the JQC filed...

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