SUPREME COURT REMOVES DUPONT

Seventh Judicial Circuit judge who presided in Putnam County has time to file motion for rehearing

The state Supreme Court has unanimously removed embattled Seventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Scott DuPont from the bench Monday, spelling the end of a legal saga going back to November 2016.

The state Supreme Court said the full opinion was to follow, and the decision wasn’t final until time to file motion for rehearing expires.

“Upon consideration of the recommendation of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission and the briefs in this case, we hereby remove Judge Scott C. DuPont from the office of circuit judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit, effective at 5 p.m. (Monday),” said the Supreme Court in a statement. 

DuPont presided over civil circuit cases in Putnam and Flagler counties. His removal was recommended twice by the Judicial Qualifications Commissions, which claimed DuPont abused his position by intentionally violating judicial campaign rules, prioritizing re-election campaign over duties, unlawfully ordering money taken from litigants, and announcing to the public he would ignore his judicial oath, among other charges DuPont disputed.

DuPont’s election opposition, Malcolm Anthony, filed a complaint with the commission, accusing DuPont of spreading incorrect and misleading information about Anthony and his family during DuPont’s 2016 re-election campaign. In his response, DuPont said the information was compiled by an independent researcher hired by his campaign manager. Dupont’s campaign manager said she opposed using the information.

The commission filed a notice of formal charges against DuPont Nov. 23, 2016, after an investigation, and an amended notice alleging further misconduct was filed Aug. 16, 2017.

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