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Florida Supreme Court Suspends Broward Judge for Grabbing Employee

The high court suspended Circuit Judge Vegina Hawkins on Friday

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  • The commission's report says Hawkins was upset with a male employee on June 11 because she hadn't received her docket.

The Florida Supreme Court is suspending a Broward County judge without pay for grabbing a courthouse employee by the neck and shaking him.

The high court suspended Circuit Judge Vegina Hawkins on Friday. A security camera captured video of Hawkins grabbing the employee on June 11.

The court was following the recommendations of a commission that investigates allegations of judicial misconduct, which reported Hawkins was upset the employee didn't bring her papers before a hearing later that day.

A lawyer representing Hawkins told the Supreme Court that she cried when another judge showed her the video. Hawkins initially said she was simply waving her arms and didn't touch the employee, but later acknowledged the video makes it appear like she did. Her lawyer said a suspension without pay would be "draconian." 

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