Report: Miami-Dade judge dropped F-bomb on waiter, appeared drunk on bench

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 5:57 AM

It also quotes the judge calling police officers “pigs” when they were were summoned to the restaurant on March eighteen. The investigation for the FL Judicial Qualifications Commission on Monday recommended that Schwartz be suspended.

Report: Miami-Dade judge dropped F-bomb on waiter, appeared drunk on bench

A Miami-Dade judge faces possible suspension after launching a profanity-laced tirade in a restaurant and appearing so drunk in her own courtroom that she was yanked from the bench.

“You are a f---ing idiot, you don’t know who I am,” County Judge Jacqueline Schwartz yelled at a waiter at a Miami Greek restaurant after she was refused more alcohol, according to a state investigative report released on Monday. It also quotes the judge calling police officers “pigs” when they were were summoned to the restaurant on March eighteen.

The investigation for the FL Judicial Qualifications Commission on Monday recommended that Schwartz be suspended. Ultimately, the FL Supreme Ct will determine what, if any, punishment she deserves.

Her lawyer, Jeffrey Feiler, told the commission this mo that she wasn't drunk but below the influence of a new prescription medication.

Schwartz has been on “paid medical leave” since she was sent residence from the bench on March 28.

It’s the second time that a state judicial oversight board has questioned Schwartz’s behavior and salty language.

In December, the FL Supreme Ct after she told a store owner to “go f--- yourself” during a heated re-election campaign in June two thousand fourteen. She was mad over an posted at the store for her opponent. She was suspended for thirty days and had to pay a $ten.000 fine.

In one of the latest incidents on March 18, Schwartz was seen by staff and patrons at the Ergon Greek Restaurant “acting in an illogical and disorderly manner,” slurring and spilling wine, according to the report. Miami paramedics and police were called to the scene and she told them they “couldn’t do anything” to her because she's a judge.

A companion drove Schwartz home. She later reported the episode herself to the commission, insisting she'd done nothing wrong.

Then 10 days later, according to the JQC investigation, Schwartz appeared impaired again while on the bench at the S Dade Courthouse.

“Court personnel, litigants and police officers waiting to testify observed that you were unsteady on your feet, slurring your words and unable to concentrate,” the commission wrote to Schwartz.

Chief Judge Bertila Soto ordered she go home – Schwartz insisted she could drive herself, but her bailiff ultimately took her. The investigation revealed that she couldn't recollect her address.

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