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A Florida judge was relieved of her duties Friday after berating a woman in a wheelchair who was having trouble breathing due to two medical conditions and who died at home three days after the encounter.
Broward County Circuit Judge Merrilee Ehrlich gave defendant Sandra Faye Twiggs, 59, who was in court facing misdemeanor charges resulting from a family dispute, a tongue-lashing in a video dated April 15.
The judge’s berating of Twiggs was so extreme that the wheelchair-bound woman’s public defender, Howard Finkelstein, called for the judge to be banned from presiding over criminal proceedings.
Oh, and of course, she is a Democrat !!
They can only be removed for crimes or senility was my impression.
guess she got burnt out over the years ,so much for understanding as fully as possible all aspects of the system she chose to work in eh?
As a youngster With much parental and neighborhood support, Merrilee Ehrlich “organized” a Fair and raised a whole $26. for a charity that she believed otherwise solely relied on children’s once-a-year Halloween efforts to do it’s good works- “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF”. As a teenager Merrilee volunteered for the then-fledging project, HeadStart. While in high school In New York, Merrilee worked pumping gas at Esso (which later became Exxon) and did a stint flipping burgers at Wetsons, a local hamburger chain. While attending Boston University Where she received a Bachelor in Arts degree, “Cum Laude”, Merrilee transported infants home from a daycare center she volunteered at, in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to becoming an attorney Merrilee worked for the New York State Court Administration as a Personnel Analyst in Manhattan- New York City, New York, visiting courthouses throughout the five boroughs and reporting on how things might run more efficiently. Merrilee also worked with heroin addicts and ex-convicts on welfare in the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Fort Greene neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York, and in “Needle Park” in Manhattan, through a program of the Ford Foundation. At night, Merrilee attended a Masters program in Criminal Justice and Police Science at John Jay College. Merrilee Ehrlich has an extensive formal education that includes: A Bachelor of Arts, degree “Cum Laude”, in Sociology; from Boston University, 1972; Oxford University, in England; “Juris Doctorate” degree, 1979, from Nova University; And many years of continuing Legal and Mediation education, thereafter. While in law school at Nova University, in Davie, Florida, (where Merrilee received her “Juris Doctorate” degree, in 1979) she selected an assignment that would give her the opportunity to visit several of our local prisons and speak with corrections officers and inmates there. And, as was permitted in those days, Merrilee rode with Ft. Lauderdale Police Department uniformed officers in their marked police units, during their night shifts, on more than one occasion. Why? Merrilee wanted to truly understand, as fully as possible, all aspects of the system she had chosen to work in, the criminal justice system.
so allready on the way out for retirement but def getting a shove on the way out for the latest incident
Broward Chief Administrative Judge Jack Tuter said Saturday that Ehrlich will not to return to the courthouse. She was scheduled to retire this summer and had filed her paperwork just a few weeks before the incident. Tuter said he would contact Twiggs' family to apologize. "I am saddened and disappointed in the way Judge Ehrlich behaved on the video. Her behavior cannot be condoned," he said. A telephone message left at Ehrlich's office was not immediately returned Sunday. Broward Public Defender Howard Finkelstein called it "aggressive and tyrannical behavior and revealed her lack of emotional fitness to sit on the bench."
The Commission consists of twelve members: Six citizen members who are not attorneys, judges or retired judges, appointed by the Governor and approved by the Senate; Three attorneys who are licensed to practiced law in Wyoming, appointed by the Wyoming State Bar; and Two district judges and one circuit judge,elected by their respective organizations. 2. What types of complaints can the Commission address? The Commission has authority to handle a wide range of complaints against judges, who are defined as justices of the Wyoming Supreme Court, Wyoming district judges, Wyoming circuit court judges, Wyoming municipal judges, as well as court commissioners, court magistrates, or retired judges who have been given a general or special appointment order by the Wyoming Supreme Court to hear cases. Complaints within the Commission's authority include misconduct inside or outside the courtroom, conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice, or mental or physical disability that seriously interferes with judicial duties.
9. What is judicial misconduct? Judicial misconduct can include, but is not limited to: Improper courtroom decorum improper consideration and treatment of counsel, witnesses, and others; improper bench conduct such as drunkenness Failure or refusal to dispose of judicial business promptly Improper use of judicial authority Abuse of the power of the judicial office Improper influence allowing family, social or political relationships to influence any judicial decision or matter relating to the administration of justice; conflict of interest; giving or receiving gifts, bribes, loans, or favors Impropriety off the bench misappropriation or misuse of public employees, property or funds; improper comments, accusations or associations; interference with or influence on a pending or impending lawsuit; lewd or corrupt personal life; use of judicial position to extort or embezzle private funds Habitual intemperance excessive use of alcohol or drugs Conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice that brings the judicial office into disrepute Criminal behavior Failure to oversee administrative staff failure to require staff, court officials and others subject to the judge's direction to exercise proper decorum, behavior, and attitudes; failure to refrain from manifesting bias or prejudice in the performance of official duties