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eBulletin | 28 Feb 2011

Response from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

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Iloilo Marguerite Jones, Executive Director
Fully Informed Jury Association
American Jury Institute
Post Office Box 5570
Helena, Montana 59604-5570

Dear Ms. Jones:

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi received your correspondence on behalf
of The Fully Informed Jury Association regarding your concerns with Chief
Judge Belvin Perry in the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida. Attorney
General asked that we respond.

We appreciate the opportunity to hear from you, and have reviewed your
correspondence to determine any jurisdiction by our office. As part of
the executive branch of government, the Attorney General does not have
legal authority to supersede or circumvent the actions of the judicial
branch. Section 16.01(3), Florida Statutes, which sets forth the powers
and duties of the Attorney General, authorizes this office to provide
legal opinions and statutory interpretations only at the request of
certain public officials on questions of law relating to their own
official duties.

Regarding your request for impeachment proceedings, in Florida the process
for impeachment of public officials is set forth in Article III, Section
17 of the Florida Constitution. The process is accomplished through the
Florida Legislature. The Florida Constitution and the contact information
for the Florida Legislature are online at:

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?Mode=Constitution&Submenu=3&Tab=statutes

The Governor has suspension authority over certain public officials for
malfeasance and misfeasance. Pursuant to section 112.51(1), Florida
Statutes, the Governor, by executive order stating the grounds for the
suspension and filed with the Secretary of State, may suspend from office
any elected or appointed municipal official for malfeasance, misfeasance,
neglect of duty, habitual drunkenness, incompetence, or permanent
inability to perform official duties. The Executive Office of the
Governor may be contacted at:

Executive Office of the Governor
PL-05 The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0001

You may also wish to contact the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC),
an independent agency created by the Florida Constitution to review
judicial conduct. You may contact the Commission at:

Judicial Qualifications Commission
1110 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32303-6224
Telephone: 850-488-1581
Website:
http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/pub_info/jqc.shtml#Information

Otherwise, please continue to address concerns on this matter to the
Florida courts. Thank you for contacting Attorney General Bondi’s Office.

Sincerely,

Office of Citizen Services
Florida Attorney General’s Office
PL-01, The Capitol
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1050
Telephone: (850) 414-3990
Toll-free within Florida: (866) 966-7226
Website: http://www.myfloridalegal.com

PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS E-MAIL. THIS ADDRESS IS FOR PROCESSING ONLY.

To contact this office please visit the Attorney General’s website at
www.myfloridalegal.com and complete the on-line contact form. Again,
thank you for contacting the Office of the Florida Attorney General.

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