Florida Judge Reprimanded for Statement in Court Opinion

A divided Judicial Qualifications Commission in Tallahassee has ruled to reprimand 1st District Court of Appeal Judge Michael E. Allen. For a prior entry, click here.
The panel also suggested an investigation into the subject of Allen’s criticism, fellow Judge Charles J. Kahn Jr. for participating in the appeal of the criminal case against former Senate President W.D. Childers.

Many lawyers and judges are upset over the refusal of court officials to investigate Kahn who has a rather checkered history and raised some legitimate questions of ethics in participating in the panel in the Childers matter.

Kahn was friends with Childers and law partners with Fred Levin, a Pensacola trial lawyer and longtime friend of Childers’.

Kahn was reportedly forced to resign as chief judge because of an affair with a court clerk as well as allegations that he is unstable and obnoxious.

A complaint against Kahn was by 13 of his fellow judges. This record has made many wonder why it is Allen who is in the dock.

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