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The Palm Beach Post: Make all complaints against judges public

The Palm Beach Post: Make all complaints against judges public

Last year, hundreds of complaints were filed against Florida’s judges, but the public got to see only three – the ones where the organization that investigates judicial misbehavior decided to file disciplinary charges. The rest, Florida’s Constitution decrees, must stay secret.

This is not a good way to monitor a branch of government. Ethics complaints against all other public officials in Florida, spurious or not, are made public after an investigation by the Florida Commission on Ethics. Brutality complaints against police officers, spurious or not, also are open. Ditto for investigations of public schoolteachers. Even murder and rape investigations are public once the case is closed, even if the suspect was not charged. So why are judges different?

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