TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court is hearing a first-of-its-kind ethics complaint against an appellate judge for criticizing a colleague in a written opinion.
The oral argument Tuesday stems from a 1st District Court of Appeal ruling that upheld the bribery conviction of former Florida Senate President W.D. Childers.
In a concurring opinion, Judge Michael Allen suggested Judge Charles Kahn had dissented because he is a former law partner of Fred Levin, a friend of Childers who also represented him on other matters.
Allen is appealing a Judicial Qualifications Commission recommendation for public reprimand.
Childers was convicted for a land deal while serving as an Escambia County commissioner in Pensacola after he left the Senate due to term limits.
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