Judge faces misconduct charges over campaign tactics – Florida Politics (blog)
A judge in Putnam County faces misconduct charges for posting inaccurate information about his campaign opponent.
Circuit Judge Scott DuPont is facing five charges related to his campaign against Malcolm Anthony, a Ponte Vedra Beach attorney.
The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission notified the state Supreme Court of the charges on Wednesday.
The commission’s investigative panel said DuPont went to a criminal background check website to dig up dirt on Anthony and posted the results without verifying them.
The commission noted the website can’t be entered without clicking a warning that the information might not be accurate.
The information included supposed arrests of Anthony’s wife and daughter even though he didn’t verify their identities.
DuPont also got into hot water for saying he wouldn’t find any law unconstitutional despite his oath to uphold the state and federal constitutions.
Reprinted with permission of The Associated Press