Bad Bad Judge...

Remember Judge Eileen O'Connor?
That nasty judge I blogged about (Here, here, and here...)

You remember--the one who put the juror in jail for four months?

Well she's baaaaack!

This time, though (props to reader Bill Jempty of Lantana Florida),it looks like she lied on her application to become a judge!!

Now how sweet is that? Bill calls it irony, I call it a rare instance of divine justice. O'Connor deserves to be censured for this type of intemperate behavior.


Based on what I've now read, I've decided to sign the Petition to remove Judge O'Connor and urge you all to do the same.

According to the Miami Herald:

On her March 6, 2003, application for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Broward, O'Connor was asked: ``Have any of your current or former co-workers, subordinates, supervisors, customers or clients ever filed a formal complaint or accusation of misconduct against you with any regulatory or investigatory agency, or with your employer?''

O'Connor's response: ``No.''

But according to five sources familiar with O'Connor's employment history at the U.S. Attorney's Office, she was hit with two employee discrimination complaints in 2000 and 2001 when she served as managing assistant in its Fort Lauderdale division. (The sources asked that their names not be used because personnel cases are exempt from public release under the federal Freedom of Information Act).

The first complaint, alleging disparate treatment on the basis of race, was filed by the civil section chief in Fort Lauderdale. She alleged that O'Connor discriminated against her as a black supervisor because she gave her more case work than nonblack section chiefs in an effort to set her up for failure.

The U.S. Attorney's Office conducted an investigation, interviewed numerous prosecutors and then resolved the complaint by reassigning some of the civil section chief's duties.

The second complaint, which accused O'Connor of discrimination on the basis of religion, was filed with the Department of Justice in 2001. A Fort Lauderdale prosecutor alleged that O'Connor took reprisals against her because she was Jewish.

The complaint accused O'Connor of giving the prosecutor poorer performance evaluations than those of non-Jewish colleagues in the office. It also alleged O'Connor gave her smaller bonuses than non-Jewish prosecutors for the same work.
The Equal Employment Opportunity staff at the Justice Department formally opened an investigation. In September 2002, the prosecutor's complaint was officially settled in an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida and the Justice Department's Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys in Washington, D.C.

Both offices declined comment or to release O'Connor's personnel file, citing exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act.

The mediated settlement included a Justice Department payout of about $10,000 to resolve the prosecutor's complaint against O'Connor, according to several sources familiar with the complaint.

Get that witch off the bench!


WxWolf said...

Very nice article :) I've added this to my blogger.. if you don't mind :)

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Anonymous said...

It is worth noting that the lawsuits were filed against her employer when she worked for the federal government, so it isn't as if Florida settled these matters.