Judge's Remarks

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A judge who told a woman to close her legs and stop having babies and ordered another defendant to attend church as a condition of probation could be disciplined by the Supreme Court.

The actions were among a long list of inappropriate behavior by Circuit Judge Richard Albritton that the state Judicial Qualifications Commission has reported to the Supreme Court.

The charges filed against Albritton include allegations that he humiliated female defendants and told an 18-year-old woman how attractive she was before giving her a lighter sentence than he would normally hand out.

Tampa attorney David Knight, who prepared the charges for the Judicial Qualifications Commission, said the Supreme Court will appoint a judge to oversee the case.

Albritton was elected in 2000 and is up for re-election next year.