ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Central Florida judge who is the subject of a hearing before a board that investigates judicial misconduct has admitted to violating campaign rules, taking jewelry from a juvenile offender who had unpaid court costs and serving as his mother's lawyer when he was a judge.
Judge N. James Turner testified in front of the Judicial Qualifications Commission Tuesday. He admitted to violating the state's judicial cannons by serving as his mother's attorney in a Miami-Dade foreclosure suit last year. He also said that he had seized the diamond earrings of a juvenile offender in an effort to be creative over how unpaid court costs could be settled.
Turner faces other allegations, including that he
inappropriately touched women at the Osceola County Courthouse.