Local Judge Gets Public Reprimand

The Florida Supreme Court has scolded a judge for “staining” the judicial system, but Circuit Judge Richard Albritton Junior of Panama City will remain on the bench.

He received the scolding Monday from the Florida Supreme Court for 14 admitted ethics violations, including unconstitutionally ordering a probationer to attend church.

He declined comment after being warned that the high court won't be so mild if he failed to mend his ways.

One justice called the behavior “unacceptable” and “a stain on all of us.”

Albritton admitted the violations in an agreement with the Judicial Qualifications Commission that calls for him to receive the public reprimand, serve a 30-day unpaid suspension and pay a $5,000 fine and just over $1,200 in costs.