Florida Supreme Court Unanimously Chastises Judge For Improper Conduct During Parkland Shooter Trial

(TargetDailyNews.com) – The Florida Supreme Court has formally reprimanded the judge who adjudicated the trial of Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz for bias against Cruz’s lawyers.

The Court ruled unanimously on Monday, July 24 on an initial June recommendation from the Judicial Qualifications Commission. The Commission had found that Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, who was assigned to the controversial trial at random by Broward County’s computer system, violated several rules of judicial conduct during the trial.

The trial, which lasted six months, ended with Cruz being sentenced to life in prison for the 2018 murders of 14 students and three school staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. While the prosecution pushed for Cruz to receive the death penalty, the jury was unable to come to a unanimous agreement on the matter.

Scherer’s handling of the case received many accolades from the parents of the victims, as well as many others who wanted to see Cruz be held accountable for his actions. Her frequent clashes with Cruz’s defense, however, also drew criticisms from those who doubted the judge’s ability to remain objective and impartial when presiding over the case.

Nevertheless, the Commission found that Scherer “unduly chastised” Cruz’s attorney, falsely accused one of the attorneys of threatening her child and improperly embraced the prosecution after the trial concluded. However, the Commission did also acknowledge that the worldwide attention from the trial did place a significant amount of stress on all participants.

However, the Commission also maintained that judges are supposed to maintain decorum and ensure due process at all times, no matter the nature of the trial. The Judicial Qualifications Commission is made up of judges, lawyers and citizens.

Scherer’s office has so far refused to give comments from the media, according to the Associated Press. Scherer has since retired late last month from the bench after having been appointed to the position in 2012 after having served as a prosecutor.

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