Florida judge agrees to reprimand for punishing victim


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A central Florida judge who jailed a domestic violence victim for not showing up to testify against her alleged abuser last summer has agreed she acted in poor judgment and will accept punishment.

Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins and the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission reached a plea agreement of a public reprimand for her actions after charges were formally made Wednesday with the Florida Supreme Court.

During a July 30 hearing, Collins sentenced the crying Lake Mary woman to three days in jail for contempt.

Alex Williams, the commission’s assistant general counsel, says the Supreme Court will now decide whether it will accept or reject the agreement. If the Supreme Court accepts the recommendation, Collins will have to appear before the state’s top court in Tallahassee to be formally reprimanded.

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