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2038835 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2011-09-22 21:45:34.0 UTC 2011-09-22T17:45:34.000-04:00 content/lawyers-judge-paul-hawkes-discussing-settlement-judicial-qualifications-commission published 2011-09-22 21:45:34.0 UTC 2011-09-22T17:45:34.000-04:00 drupal 111494 Lawyers for 1st District Judge Paul M. Hawkes and the Judicial Qualifications Commission are discussing a settlement that would resolve the pending charges against the judge without a trial. In other courtrooms, it would be called "plea bargaining," but in the world of disciplining judges lawyers for both sides have submitted secret proposals to members of the Commission that charged Hawkes with conduct unbecoming a judge. An initial proposal was rejected by the members of the commission. Judge Paul L. Backman, chairman of the JQC panel that will hear the case if it goes to trial, on Friday will consider a request made Thursday by lawyers on both sides to postpone Hawkes' trial until early next year. He had been scheduled to face trial Oct. 31. The charges involve Hawkes’ role in the construction of a new $50 million courthouse near Tallahassee that has become a symbol for government excess in the middle of a recession that has the state’s other courthouses cutting staff and services. Hawkes is also accused of bullying other state employees, destroying public records and attempting to get a furniture vendor to provide him and relatives with a free trip. The JQC has the power to recommend disciplinary action that could include Hawkes' removal from the bench. The Florida Supreme Court can accept or reject recommendations from the commission. -- Lucy Morgan, Times senior correspondent Amy Hollyfield the-buzz-florida-politics 1st District Court of Appeal,Taj Mahal courthouse,Paul Hawkes Lawyers for Judge Paul Hawkes discussing settlement with Judicial Qualifications Commission templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2011/09/22/111494-lawyers-judge-paul-hawkes-discussing-settlement-judicial-qualifications-com BlogArticle Lawyers for 1st District Judge Paul M. Hawkes and the Judicial Qualifications Commission are discussing a settlement that would resolve the pending charges against the judge without a trial.1st District Court of Appeal,Taj Mahal courthouse,Paul Hawkes1st District Court of Appeal,Taj Mahal courthouse,Paul HawkesAmy Hollyfield 381847 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:47:08.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:47:08.000-04:00 amy-hollyfield published 2015-06-07 02:47:34.0 UTC 2015-06-06T22:47:34.000-04:00 Amy Hollyfield <p>Amy Hollyfield is the deputy managing editor for politics and business for the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i>. She directs state and national political coverage, including bureaus in Tallahassee and Washington, and <a href="http://www.politifact.com/">PolitiFact.com</a>, <a href="http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/">PunditFact.com</a> and <a href="http://www.politifactflorida.com/">PolitiFact Florida</a>, the <i>Times' </i>fact-checking websites. PolitiFact was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In addition, Amy oversees business news, Perspective and Floridian magazine. She has worked at the <i>Times</i> for more than 15 years, after previous stints at the <i>Miami Herald</i> and <i>Florida Today.</i></p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 35040441 Amy Hollyfield is the deputy managing editor for politics and business for the Tampa Bay Times. She directs state and national political coverage, including bureaus in Tallahassee and Washington, and PolitiFact.com, PunditFact.com and PolitiFact Florida, the Times' fact-checking websites. PolitiFact was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. In addition, Amy oversees business news, Perspective and Floridian magazine. She has worked at the Times for more than 15 years, after previous stints at the Miami Herald and Florida Today. <p>Phone: (727) 893-8491</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:ahollyfield@tampabay.com">ahollyfield@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>The Hollyfield file: <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/staff/amy-hollyfield/">PolitiFact.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="http://twitter.com/amy_hollyfield">@Amy_Hollyfield</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2012/10/b4s_timeseditors012112d.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/35040441-amy-hollyfield AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:47:08.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:47:08.000-04:00 2262734 2016-01-25 23:04:29.0 UTC 7 Months Ago rick-scott-nominates-former-deo-head-to-judicial-nominating-commission the-buzz-florida-politics Rick Scott nominates former DEO head to judicial nominating commission BlogArticle 2259656 2015-12-31 21:56:18.0 UTC 8 Months Ago florida-senate-has-not-ruled-out-appeal-to-courts-redistricting-ruling the-buzz-florida-politics Florida Senate has not ruled out appeal to court's redistricting ruling BlogArticle 2271233 2016-03-30 13:42:17.0 UTC 5 Months Ago florida-appeals-court-to-hear-arguments-in-tax-credit-scholarship-suit the-buzz-florida-politics Florida appeals court to hear arguments in Tax Credit Scholarship suit BlogArticle <p>Lawyers for 1st District Judge <strong>Paul M. Hawkes</strong> and the Judicial Qualifications Commission are discussing a settlement that would resolve the pending charges against the judge without a trial.</p> <p>In other courtrooms, it would be called &quot;plea bargaining,&quot; but in the world of disciplining judges lawyers for both sides have submitted secret proposals to members of the Commission that charged Hawkes with conduct unbecoming a judge. An initial proposal was rejected by the members of the commission.</p> <p>Judge <strong>Paul L. Backman</strong>, chairman of the JQC panel that will hear the case if it goes to trial, on Friday will consider a request made Thursday by lawyers on both sides to postpone Hawkes' trial until early next year. He had been scheduled to face trial Oct. 31.</p> <p>The charges involve Hawkes’ role in the construction of a new $50 million courthouse near Tallahassee that has become a symbol for government excess in the middle of a recession that has the state’s other courthouses cutting staff and services.</p> <p>Hawkes is also accused of bullying other state employees, destroying public records and attempting to get a furniture vendor to provide him and relatives with a free trip.</p> <p>The JQC has the power to recommend disciplinary action that could include Hawkes' removal from the bench. The Florida Supreme Court can accept or reject recommendations from the commission.</p> <p><em>-- Lucy Morgan, Times senior correspondent</em></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:56:36