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Singbush Admission

Singbush Admission

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BEFORE THE FLORIDA JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS COMMISSIONSTATE OF FLORIDA
INQUIRY CONCERNING JUDGE )WILLIAM SINGBUSH No. SC 11-905)
STIPULATION
The Investigative Panel of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission(the “Panel”) and the Honorable William Singbush (“Respondent”), pursuant toRule 6(j), Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission Rules, and agree as follows:1.
 
Respondent through his pleadings and responses to requests foradmission has admitted and by this Stipulation again admits:Findingsa.
 
Since his election in 1991, Respondent has been habitually tardyfor hearings, first appearances and trials for which he was thepresiding judge;b.
 
When tardy, the Respondent was often tardy for more than 15minutes;c.
 
The Respondent’s tardiness inconveniences and economicallyburdens lawyers, litigants and the judicial system;
 
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The majority of the times Respondent was late to Court werewithout good cause.e.
 
Respondent stated at side bar:I don’t know of anybody that’s made a mistake – and exceptfor perhaps one, and for that we murdered him. You know,he was faultless and we murdered him for it. That’s notpolitically correct but I happen to believe in God…Christ isthe intercessor.2.
 
Since September 2011, Respondent has provided written weekly logsto Special Counsel for the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commissiondemonstrating timeliness by Respondent in his attendance at Court proceedings.3.
 
The Panel’s investigation revealed that the religious remark referenced above was an isolated incident.4.
 
Respondent admits his conduct violated Canons 1 (“A judge shouldparticipate in establishing, maintaining, and enforcing high standards of conduct,and shall personally observe those standards so that the integrity and independenceof the judiciary may be preserved.”), 3B(4) (“A judge shall be patient, dignified,and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, and others with whom the judge deals in an official capacity”.) and 3B(8) (“A judge shall dispose of all judicial matters promptly, efficiently, and fairly.”) of the Code of Judicial Conduct.
 
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Respondent denies the charge concerning his misuse of a NCICreport. The investigation conducted by the Panel revealed that the Respondent didnot act improperly in connection with the NCIC report.6.
 
Respondent and the Panel agree the interests of justice and sound judicial administration will be served by the following procedures and discipline,which the Panel hereby recommends and to which Respondent agrees:Recommendation(i)
 
Respondent may retain his position as Circuit Judge;(ii)
 
Respondent shall sign and provide to the Florida JudicialQualifications Commission a letter of apology to the public, his fellow judges, and the legal community for his tardiness, which letter theCommission may distribute to the public. A copy of the form of thisletter is attached as Exhibit 1(iii)
 
Respondent shall personally appear before this Court to receive apublic reprimand at a date and time to be determined by this Court;;(iv)
 
Respondent shall continue to provide written weekly logs to theSpecial Counsel for the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commissiondocumenting timeliness by Respondent at Court proceedings. Theselogs shall be provided for one year after this stipulation is accepted bythis Court; and

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