Former Broward Judge John Patrick Contini. Photo: Melanie Bell/ALM

Former Broward Judge John Patrick Contini in no longer under investigation by Florida’s Judicial Qualifications Commission after his departure from the bench.

The JQC, which investigates alleged misconduct by Florida state judges, voluntarily dismissed its ethics case after Contini’s July 6 resignation from office. The move relies on Rule 9.35(b) of the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure, which allows the group to drop formal charges if a judge steps down from his post.

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The JQC had accused Contini of faking his calendar to avoid work and allegedly asking his judicial assistant to “create fictitious cases or hearings on particular days of the week.”

Contini resigned amid the allegations.

A screenshot of a conversation between Contini and his judicial assistant.

The JQC’s complaint displayed excerpts from the judge’s calendar, which read, “Do not set hearings.”

Screenshots of emails and text messages between Contini and his judicial assistant suggest the judge frequently had his assistant run special errands for him, including the management of his bills, travel plans and other personal matters.

Contini was first stationed in the criminal division in 2014 but was reassigned to the family division and chastised by the Florida Supreme Court in 2017 for allegedly giving tips and advice to criminal defense lawyers.

Contini is the sixth Florida judge to resign before the end of a term in 2018, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Contini’s lawyer, David B. Rothman of Rothman & Associates in Miami, declined to comment on the case.


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