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Florida Supreme Court urged to remove Osceola County judge

A hearing panel urged the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday to remove an Osceola County judge after finding him guilty of numerous violations of state law and judicial canons.

The findings against Circuit Judge N. James Turner, 64, range from campaign violations to injecting himself into the personal and family life of a female court worker. She testified Turner repeatedly hugged and kissed her without her permission.

Another violation was his personal solicitation of campaign contributions. Turner argued the canon against that is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment right of free speech.

The panel also found that Turner received campaign contributions from his mother far above a $500 limit set by state law and that he represented her in a foreclosure proceeding. Sitting judges are prohibited from practicing law.

Turner, though, was cleared of some charges, including allegations he showed off a handgun to courthouse workers, engaged in partisan political activity, surfed the Internet while on the bench and berated, belittled and humiliated female employees.

FORT PIERCE

Woman uses truck, pistol to fight off cow

A woman rammed her truck into a cow that attacked her husband as he repaired a fence New Year's Day in St. Lucie County.

Authorities said Tuesday that 70-year-old Oscar Wilcox apparently shot the cow but dropped his weapon during the attack.

His wife heard his screams, drove to the area and hit the cow several times with the truck. Then, she picked up the pistol loaded with "ratshot" and shot the cow a couple of times in the face.

Wilcox was treated at a hospital. The cow was contained in the pasture.

ORLANDO

Judge dismisses DEA agent's lawsuit

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who claimed the agency leaked a video that showed him accidentally shooting himself while demonstrating gun safety in Florida.

The 2004 video was shown on national television and used as fodder by late-night talk show hosts. Senior U.S. District Judge Jack Shanstrom in Washington, D.C., on Thursday said Paige had offered no evidence on who made the video public.

Associated Press

Florida Supreme Court urged to remove Osceola County judge 01/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 9:36pm]

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