FL Judge Suspension Due For Wrong-Courtroom Jailings


A Florida judge who ordered 11 people locked up only because they went to the wrong courtroom will plead guilty and apparently will be suspended for one or two months, says the Orlando Sentinel. Judge John Sloop, 57, is accused of four separate instances of wrongdoing by a state panel that polices judges. In the most dramatic, he ordered 11 people arrested in 2004 because they had gone to the wrong courtroom. The defendants were handcuffed, chained, and taken to jail, where they were strip-searched and held for an average of eight hours. Many were accused only of minor traffic offenses.

Sloop has blamed the arrests on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a mental condition the judge says he didn’t realize he had until that day. Since his diagnosis, he has been on medication and has undergone counseling.

Link: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/seminole/orl-sloop0906mar09,0,2971209.story?coll=orl-home-he

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