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Circuit Judge Timothy Shea admits misconduct due to 'Irish temper'

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ORLANDO, Florida (AP) -- An Orlando area judge has entered the equivalent of a plea deal with the state agency which overseas judges for behavior that has been described as boorish.

The Judicial Qualifications Committee made a complaint public Wednesday against Orange-Osceola Circuit Judge Tim Shea. The Florida Supreme Court must now approve the deal between Shea and the commission. If it is approved, the judge faces a reprimand before the state's highest court.

The complaint cites nine incidents of misbehavior by the judge, almost all involving prosecutors. The complaint says Shea yelled at prosecutors and once asked a female prosecutor to fetch coffee for everyone.

Shea told an investigative panel for the commission that he didn't realize his behavior was offensive and that he would stop. He referred to his behavior as stemming from his "Irish temper."

Shea admitted he demeaned a female prosecutor by saying it's best to let a woman talk until she's finished while holding up his hand and moving it like a mouth talking.

He also once asked the same prosecutor if she was helping another assistant state attorney "By bringing her a sandwich?"

One outburst was so loud Shea's yelling was heard outside his courtroom.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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