Chief Justice Reprimands Hamilton Circuit Judge

May 2, 2017

Hamilton County Circuit Judge Andrew Decker is paying the price for ethical violations while he was an attorney and for an overly aggressive campaign.

Circuit Judge Andrew Decker faced a public reprimand for ethics violations committed while he was an attorney and identifying himself as a pro-life Republican during his campaign.

The Florida Supreme Court suspended Decker without pay for six months for violating conflict of interest rules and identifying himself as a pro-life Republican in a non-partisan race.

Chief Justice Jorge (George) Labarga warned Decker he faces harsher punishment for future violations. 

“This is a settled claim bill in the amount of 1.5 million dollars to compensate Angela Sanford for injuries that were caused by a Leon County ambulance. There’s insurance to pay the claim.”

Republican Representative Halsey Beshears is sponsoring the companion measure. The Senate approved a similar bill last year, but the House was refusing to approve any so-called claims bills at the time.