Panel Says Embattled Fla. Judge Should Be Tossed Off Bench

Law360, Miami (April 16, 2014, 5:33 PM EDT) -- A hearing panel for Florida's Judicial Qualifications Committee on Tuesday recommended that Judge Laura Watson, who was investigated over her involvement as an attorney in a $14.5 million settlement with an insurer, be removed from the bench.

In a 41-page report, Judge Kerry Evander, who chairs the JQC hearing panel, said the panel could not get past Judge Watson's “serious, egregious” ethical violations of the Florida Rules of Professional Conduct and said she should be removed from her position as a judge in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court in Broward County.

“Judge Watson's present lack of understanding of the rules regulating...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Attached Documents

Related Sections


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!