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Judge Cheryl Alemán is a Superior Court Judge in Florida
Judge Cheryl Alemán, 49, of Cooper City, was appointed to the bench by then-Governor Jeb Bush in 2001.
Asst. Statewide Prosecutor.
Judge Cheryl Alemán made national headlines in 2007 when she faced ethics charges for allegedly being "arrogant, discourteous and impatient" to lawyers in her courtroom. Among the charges considered by the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission:
• That during the 2006 murder trial of Lawrence Braynen Judge Alemán violated judicial canons by refusing to disqualify herself for bias, and by bullying Braynen's public defenders, Sandra Perlman and Bruce Raticoff, with threats of contempt of court and possible jail time.
• That Judge Alemán wrongly jailed Coral Springs attorney Adam Katz for missing a hearing in her court last year, when she knew Katz was out of town and the hearing was not urgent.
• That Judge Alemán refused to disqualify herself in two criminal cases involving clients of a Fort Lauderdale lawyer, Michael Gottlieb, even though she had disqualified herself before in another of Gottlieb's cases because of their ''acrimonious'' relationship when she was an assistant statewide prosecutor in the late 1990s.
Judge Cheryl Alemán's defense witnesses included fellow Judges from her court. Some of these judges agreed to testify as "expert" witnesses on contempt of court issues during the administrative proceedings.
To view the official complaint filed against Judge Cheryl Alemán by the Judicial Qualifications Commission of Florida, please click on "view transcription" below.
To view Judge Cheryl Alemán's response to Judicial Qualifications Commission formal complaint, please click on "view application" below.
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