Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely was shocked. She had just watched a videotape of a medical malpractice plaintiff, who claimed in 2004 that she was permanently paralyzed, walking down the street with the use of a cane in 2005.

“This is the worst case of misrepresentation, of outright fraud, that I have ever had in 22 years,” Cardonne Ely said during a March 15 hearing in the case of Wanda Davis-Johnson. “I’m telling you, Mrs. Davis, I’m looking at you in the eyes. I am dismissing your case. I have seen enough. … I’m making a specific finding that there was a scheme to defraud the court.”