August 4, 2021

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Tallahassee judge must get unpaid suspension, panel suggests

A hearing panel is recommending a two-thirty day period unpaid suspension and other sanctions for a north Florida circuit judge, discovering she “fully commited serious violations of the Code of Judicial Carry out, demanding similarly serious discipline.” 

At the identical time, it said — in a 36-page report submitted Friday — that 2nd Judicial Circuit Judge Barbara Hobbs’ steps had been “misguided, but not ill-intentioned.”

Hobbs experienced been accused by the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC), between other matters, of improperly finding involved just after her son’s arrest in Tallahassee on tried second-degree murder expenses. The JQC investigates allegations of judicial misconduct.

Justin Haynes, then 31, was taken into custody by Tallahassee police in June 2019 after he reportedly shot at a female by way of a closed doorway. His demo was tentatively established for subsequent week, court docket dockets present, but was postponed Friday by an appellate court docket ruling. The filings in that issue were being not out there on line. 

The panel observed her guilty of inappropriately “symbolizing” her son: “Decide Hobbs did not just render information to her son, without having recompense,” according to the report. “She asserted self-defense, and sought her son’s release by the TPD into her custody, with no fees.”

Hobbs was first elected to the 2nd Circuit bench in 2012.

But the exact panel also acquitted her of other ethics rates, like that she attempted to “arrange unmonitored and unrecorded contact” with her son in jail. Hobbs was to start with elected to the 2nd Circuit bench in 2012 the circuit includes Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty and Wakulla counties.

What happened:Circuit Decide Barbara Hobbs billed by point out panel, accused of intervening in son’s arrest