Friday, December 08, 2006

Judge fired for jailing 11 people who were sent to the wrong courtroom

It wasn't the first misconduct complaint against Judge John Sloop, but it was the last. The judge revealed his petty, malicious nature when he caused eleven motorists to be jailed for nine hours and strip-searched because they were late to his courtroom. He refused to take into account that the group had been directed to the wrong courtroom.

The Florida Supreme Court decided that the judge lacked judicial temperament and abused his authority.

The eleven motorists might have spent more time in jail, but as soon as Sloop went on an errand, another judge began paperwork to release the citizens.

(from Associated Press article on December 8, 2006)

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