FLORIDA JUDGE COULD BE SUS­PENDED 30 DAYS FOR RACIAL COM­MENTS

South Florida Times - - WEEK IN REVIEW -

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida judge could face sus­pen­sion and a fine for mak­ing racial com­ments to de­scribe a de­fen­dant and mem­bers of the pub­lic. The state's Ju­di­cial Qual­i­fi­ca­tions Com­mis­sion on Mon­day rec­om­mended that Mi­amiDade County Circuit Judge Stephen Mil­lan be sus­pended for 30 days with­out pay and pay a $5,000 fine. Doc­u­ments filed with the Florida Supreme Court show that Mil­lan ad­mit­ted to twice us­ing de­mean­ing lan­guage. In Oc­to­ber 2016, he used a slur to de­scribe a black de­fen­dant. In an­other in­stance, he re­ferred to friends and fam­ily mem­bers of a black de­fen­dant as “thugs.'' Mil­lan also had a con­ver­sa­tion about pend­ing cases with a de­fense at­tor­ney out­side the court­room. Mil­lan has apol­o­gized for the com­ments and at­tended a sem­i­nar on racial bias. The Florida Supreme Court will de­cide Mil­lan's pun­ish­ment.

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