Settlement in Richard Albritton Case

It appears Circuit Court Judge Richard Albritton's troubles with the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission are coming to an end.

Albritton's attorney has apparently cut a deal with the JQC regarding the 36 counts of judicial misconduct he's been facing for several years.

As part of the deal, Albritton has agreed to an official reprimand on 14 of the 36 counts. He'll serve a 30-day suspension and pay $5,000 for the state's investigative costs.

The Florida Supreme Court still has to approve the terms.

Albritton is expecting to go before the high court sometime in the next 30 to 60 days to accept the reprimand, suspension and fine. He was accused of making sexist and racist comments to defendants and lawyers, mostly women and minorities.

Most of the 36 complaints stemmed from Judge Albritton's time on the bench in Jackson County.

The most serious of the 36 counts, the ones claiming sexist, racist and demeaning comments and behavior, were dropped. The 14 remaining counts of misconduct were the less serious charges.

Judge Albritton has always maintained his innocence. Monday he told NewsChannel 7 he is satisfied with the deal and is looking forward to putting this whole episode behind him so he can get back to work.

He just won another six-year term on the bench when no one qualified to run against him in April.


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