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Florida Bar: Hawkins Deserves Another Chance


Former Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins, who was removed from bench two years ago for judicial misconduct, deserves to have her legal license reinstated, the Florida Bar is recommending.

Hawkins was accused of misusing her office by mixing court time with her private ministry, and even selling a self-published book from the bench. But since then, Hawkins has successfully preformed 50 hours of court-ordered community service at a local hospital, and through Peru.

Hawkins could not be immediately reached for comment. Earlier this year, she said she struggling financially and putting her faith in God.

“I can still stand and say, that notwithstanding the allegations that were made, and proven in the Florida Supreme Court, my faith in God and my witness for him is still strong.”

It’s not clear when or whether the Florida Supreme Court will accept the bar’s recommendation. Hawkins was also accused of misleading investigators, and Chief Justice Jorge (George) Labarga has been hard on errant judges.