FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Bar is recommending that a former Broward County judge be disbarred for ethical transgressions while presiding over a murder trial.
Ana Gardiner resigned from the bench in 2010 while under investigation for having a close relationship with a prosecutor who was trying the case before her. It later emerged that Gardiner had exchanged more than 900 phone calls and 471 text messages with the prosecutor during the trial.
A judicial referee recommended a one-year suspension of Gardiner's law license. But the Bar has asked the Florida Supreme Court to disbar her entirely, arguing that she refused to accept responsibility and showed no remorse.
Gardiner has 30 days to respond. She has said she never discussed the murder case with the prosecutor during their out-of-court contacts.