Florida judge reprimanded for sending sexual abuse victim to jail for failing to testify against abuser
A Florida judge has been publicly reprimanded for sending a sexual abuse survivor to jail for three days last year.
The victim’s crime: she failed to testify against the man who had allegedly abused her.
Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins admitted Tuesday she had wrongly sent a sexual abuse survivor to jail and agreed to taking anger management and domestic violence courses, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
“You berated and belittled a victim of domestic violence,” Chief Justice Jorge Labarga told Collins. “You were discourteous and impatient…You raised your voice, used sarcasm, spoke harshly and interrupted the victim.”
Collins remained mum throughout the humiliating five-minute lecture.
A local judicial commission argued Collins had not violated the law – but she broke a slew of ethical codes for how Florida judges are supposed to act.
The reprimand came down as punishment for a heartless incident last year when Collins snapped at an unidentified sexual abuse victim who begged not to testify.
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