Bad Judgment? Judge Charged with Misconduct During Campaign

Posted at 2:52 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 10:10:34-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida judge is charged with misconduct by posting inaccurate information about his campaign opponent and declaring he wouldn't find any law unconstitutional despite his oath to uphold the state and federal constitutions.

The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission notified the state Supreme Court of the charges on Wednesday. In all, Putnam County Judge Scott DuPont is facing five charges related to his campaign against Malcolm Anthony.

The commission's investigative panel said DuPont went to a criminal background check website to dig up dirt on Anthony and posted the results without verifying them. The commission noted the website can't be entered without clicking a warning that the information might not be accurate.

The information included supposed arrests of Anthony's wife and daughter even though he didn't verify their identities.

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