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A Central Florida judge who is the subject of a hearing before a board that investigates judicial misconduct has admitted to violating campaign rules, taking jewelry from a juvenile offender who had unpaid court costs and serving as his mother’s lawyer when he was a judge.

Judge N. James Turner testified in front of the Judicial Qualifications Commission Tuesday. He admitted to violating the state’s judicial cannons by serving as his mother’s attorney in a Miami-Dade foreclosure suit last year. He also said that he had seized the diamond earrings of a juvenile offender in an effort to be creative over how unpaid court costs could be settled.

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