Fla. Judge Fights State Panel's Ethics Charges

Law360, Miami (September 30, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT) -- A Florida judge under investigation by the state's Judicial Qualifications Commission over her involvement as an attorney in a $14.5 million settlement with an insurer said Thursday that the panel lacks jurisdiction to bring the charges against her.

Judge Laura Marie Watson filed an answer and affirmative defense with the Florida Supreme Court Thursday, claiming the JQC does not have the jurisdiction to bring the charges that she violated several sections of the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct in her involvement with a settlement with Progressive...
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