Case against judge allowed to go forward
The Florida Supreme Court Tuesday refused to stop the Judicial Qualifications Commission from pursuing misconduct charges against 1st District Court of Appeal Judge Michael E. Allen.
Without comment, the court unanimously rejected Allen's request to block the JQC from proceeding with a trial June 9.
Allen is accused of conduct unbecoming a judge because he criticized a fellow judge in a written opinion upholding the criminal conviction of former Senate President W. D. Childers.
Allen argued it was unprecedented for the JQC to file charges against a judge for words in an official opinion. The JQC countered that no court, not even the Supreme Court, can interfere in the agency's affairs.
Ex-teacher gets seven years in slavery case
A former teacher was sentenced Tuesday to more than seven years in prison for forcing a Haitian girl to work seven days a week as a slave in her home.
Maude Paulin, 52,, her mother, Evelyn Theodore, 72, and ex-husband, Saintfort Paulin, were convicted in March of forcing Simone Celestin to work 15 hours a day at their Miami home. Celestin, an orphan, was brought to the U.S. in 1999 at age 14 and escaped from the home in 2005.
Times staff, wires