Florida judge reprimanded for viewing porn in his chambers

I was greatly amused to hear about a judge in Florida being reprimanded by his peers for viewing porno on his chambers PC.

The judge - Brandt C Downey III - admitted what he had done and apologised on Friday after receiving a public reprimand from the Florida Supreme Court for violating judicial ethics.

Judge Downey told the high court he was "sorry" after Chief Justice Fred Lewis called his conduct "truly shocking" and an embarrassment to his friends, his family, the judiciary and the citizens of Florida.

The Supreme Court is reported to have accepted an agreement in which Downey, 60, admitted accessing pornographic Internet sites from 2002 right through until 2005.

The deal also requires Downey, who has served 21 years on the bench, to retire when his term expires at the end of the year, receive counselling, never again seek re-election or reappointment and not to carry out any post-retirement work as a senior judge.

What's interesting about the case is that Downey was repeatedly warned by IT staff that the porno sites he was looking at contained malware that could infect the court's computer network.

Initially, at least, the court IT staff were less concerned about Downey's morals and more about the court computer system's integrity.

It was only after he refused to stop his, er, activities, that they turned to the senior judges for help...