- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida judge is going to be publicly reprimanded for an improper relationship she had with a bailiff.

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that was “clear and convincing evidence” that Polk County Judge Susan Flood violated judicial conduct rules.

But the court said that the misconduct was an “isolated incident.” Flood has admitted her wrongdoing.

The investigation into Flood’s relationship with former bailiff James Maxcy stemmed from an investigation into another Polk County employee.

A judicial assistant was fired last year for falsifying time sheets. The employee then alleged she was fired in retaliation for making sexual harassment complaints, which were later recanted.



Circuit Judge Beth Harlan retired in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges against her alleging that she approved the false timecards.

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