Fla. justices to reprimand appeal judge

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court is set to publicly scold a judge for a "personal attack" he made on a colleague in a written opinion, a first-of-its-kind case for the court.

Judges will chastise Judge Michael Allen today, but the reprimand doesn't carry any consequences for the 1st District Court of Appeal judge.

Lawyers say the public reprimand is unique because it will be the first time a Florida judge has been disciplined for violating judicial ethics because of his own court opinion. Allen wrote that a fellow judge should have stepped down from a case. During oral arguments in the case, one Florida Supreme Court justice called Allen's writing "a blatant, all-out personal attack."

The 1st District Court of Appeal is based in Tallahassee.

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