Judge Jerri Collins
The state of Florida has an agency that polices judges, the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) charged Collins with violating several rules that spell out how Florida judges are to behave. They are to be patient, dignified and courteous and Collins was not, during a domestic abuse case that was in docket according to the JQC.
The findings, giving a voice to the people: The Chief Justice Jorge Labarga stated during the judicial admonishment of Judge Jerri Collins
“You berated and belittled a victim of domestic violence,” said Chief Justice Jorge Labarga. “You were discourteous and impatient … You raised your voice, used sarcasm, spoke harshly and interrupted the victim.”
Labarga also admonished Collins, a former prosecutor, for appearing to favor the state.
Collins also failed the woman that day, Labarga pointed out, because no one told her she was entitled to defend herself.
Chief Justice Jorge Labarga
…Judge Terri Collins
Judge Jerri Collins had held a woman in contempt and ordered the woman to jail for three days for failing to come to court and testify against the man she accused of abusing her.
The victim tried to explain, saying, “I’ve been dealing with depression and a lot of personal anxiety since this happened. … ”
Judge Jerri snapped at her, “You think you’re going to have anxiety now? You haven’t even seen anxiety.”
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Judge Jerri Collins berated the crying, pleading woman – who said she was ‘too anxious’ to face the man who allegedly strangled her at knifepoint in front of her baby, showed no sympathy and threw her into jail for being anxious about testifying against her tormentor.
The woman had accused a man of grabbing a knife and strangling her in front of her one-year-old child. She didn’t appear in court to testify for the trail
Due to this non appearance, he was found guilty of a lesser battery charge – and she was called in on contempt of court.