Judge Herbert Stettin has filed false sworn financial and gift disclosures with the State of Florida since 1999 that failed to properly disclose the sources of millions of dollars in payments and the activity of his sole proprietorship law firm, Hebert Stettin P.A.
Pertinent Sections of FL Code of Judicial Conduct
ARTICLE V 513 OF THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION SECTION 13. Prohibited activities.--All justices and judges shall devote full time to their judicial duties. They shall not engage in the practice of law or hold office in any political party. History.-S.J.R. 52-D, 1 9 7 1 ; adopted 1972.
PERTINENT SECTIONS OF THE FLORIDA CODE OF JUDICIAL CONDUCT Cannon 5(A): Extrajudicial Activities in General. A judge shall conduct all of the judge's extra-judicial activities so that they do not: (1) cast reasonable doubt on the judge's capacity to act impartially as a judge; (2) undermine the judge's independence, integrity, or impartiality; (3) demean the judicial office; (4) interfere with the proper performance of judicial duties; (5) lead to frequent disqualification of the judge; or (6) appear to a reasonable person to be coercive. Cannon 5 ( D U : Financial Activities. (1) A judge shall not engage in financial and business dealings that (a) may reasonably be perceived to exploit the judge's judicial position, or (b) involve the judge in frequent transactions or continuing business relationships with those lawyers or other persons likely to come before the court on which the judge serves. Cannon 5(F) Service as Arbitrator or Mediator. (1) A judge shall not act as an arbitrator or mediator or otherwise perform judicial functions in a private capacity unless expressly authorized by law or Court rule. A judge may, however, take the necessary educational and training courses required to be a qualified and certified arbitrator or mediator, and may fulfill the requirements of observing and conducting actual arbitration or mediation proceedings as part of the certification process, provided such program does not, in any way, interfere with the performance of the judge's judicial duties. (2) A senior judge may serve as a mediator in a case in which the senior judge is not presiding only if the senior judge is certified pursuant to rule 10.100, Florida Rules for Certified and Court-Appointed Mediators. Such senior judge may be associated with entities that are solely engaged in offering mediation or other alternative dispute resolution services but that
are not otherwise engaged in the practice of law. However, such senior judge may in no other way advertise, solicit business, associate with a law firm, or participate in any other activity that directly or indirectly promotes his or her mediation services. A senior judge shall not serve as a mediator in any case in which the judge is currently presiding. A senior judge who provides mediation services shall not preside over the same type of case the judge mediates in the circuit where the mediation services are provided; however, a senior judge may preside over other types of cases (e.g., criminal, juvenile, family law, probate) in the same circuit and may preside over cases in circuits in which the judge does not provide mediation services. A senior judge shall disclose if the judge is being utilized or has been utilized as a mediator by any party, attorney, or law firm involved in the case pending before the senior judge. Absent express consent of all parties, a senior judge is prohibited from presiding over any case involving any party, attorney, or law firm that is utilizing or has utilized the judge as a mediator within the previous three years. A senior judge shall disclose any negotiations or agreements for the provision of mediation services between the senior judge and any of the parties or counsel to the case.
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