of Judge Frederic Schott becoming angry with a prosecutor during a hearing inSeminole County.
The exchange between Schott and Assistant State Attorney Diana Miers happened on March 11 and was captured on courtroom video.
A jury had just found a woman guilty of driving under the influence when the attorneys and judge started discussing the woman’s license suspension. The Sanford police officer who made the arrest caused the defendant to lose her driver’s license for a few months because of a mistake on the arrest paperwork.
“Are you going to nolle pros that case? Or am I going to get mad at you today?” Schott asked.
The judge and Miers got into a heated argument because he wanted the police officer to be charged with lying.
I want you taking him up on perjury,” Schott said.
“He admitted it was a mistake, your honor,” Miers said.
After the exchange, Schott decided to reverse the jury’s verdict to not guilty.
“This whole case was fishy,” Schott said.
Miers tried to argue against Schott’s dismissal of the case but he didn’t agree.
“This is again evidence, direct evidence, and not circumstantial evidence,” Miers said.
WFTV legal analyst Belvin Perry, former chief judge for Orange and Osceola counties, was surprised to see Schott’s behavior in court.
“That is a very poor example of judicial temperament that judges are supposed to display,” Perry said. “He should’ve counted to 10 and kept quiet.”
Officials told Eyewitness News that as a result of the incident, Schott will soon only be presiding over civil cases.