Panel Recommends Reprimand For Judge

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state investigative panel says a St. Lucie County judge who pleaded guilty to drunken driving should receive a public reprimand.

County Judge Kathryn Nelson agreed to that recommendation in a stipulation filed Thursday with the Florida Supreme Court.

The Judicial Qualifications Commission panel found she had violated judicial canons by reducing public confidence in the court system. The stipulation says she apologizes, accepts full responsibility and has obtained counseling to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The panel concluded the arrest was an isolated incident and does not demonstrate she’s unfit for office.

If the Supreme Court accepts the recommendation, Nelson would be ordered to appear before the justices to receive the reprimand.

She was arrested her after crashing her car into a Vero Beach bridge last October.

Source: AP