Here is Ana Gardiner's Disbarment Order.

The Supremes rejected the referee's recommendation of suspension and imposed the maximum penalty:
We have for review a referee’s report recommending that respondent Ana I. Gardiner be found guilty of professional misconduct in violation of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar (Bar Rules) and suspended from the practice of law for one year. The Florida Bar filed a notice of its intent to seek review of the referee’s report, challenging the referee’s recommended sanction and urging the Court to disbar Gardiner from the practice of law. We have jurisdiction. See art. V, § 15, Fla. Const. As discussed below, we approve the referee’s findings of fact and recommendations as to guilt. However, we disapprove the referee’s recommendation as to discipline. Considering Gardiner’s dishonest conduct and the harm that her actions have caused to the administration of justice in a capital first-degree murder case, we conclude that disbarment is the appropriate sanction.
I'm struck by how often these people wanted to communicate with each other:
Beginning with their conversation on March 27, the referee found that Gardiner and Scheinberg commenced a “significant personal and emotional relationship.” Between March 23 and August 24, 2007, the day that Gardiner imposed a sentence of death, she and Scheinberg exchanged 949 cell phone calls and 471 text messages. In particular, on the day before, the day of, and the day following Gardiner’s actual imposition of the death sentence, she and Scheinberg communicated by phone and text 44 times. The referee further found that Gardiner deliberately and knowingly chose not to disclose this emotional relationship to the defense, despite her clear duty to do so.
They say communication is key to a solid relationship, but come on.


  1. Rumpole had this last week.

  2. How did the referee conclude that only a one-year suspension was recommended? That strikes me -- as it apparently did the Florida Supreme Court -- as way off the mark.

  3. Domestic violence- harassment occurs in many forms and many ways. If you or a loved one is involved in a romantic relationship with a judge who is texting you a hundred times a day then you might be entitled to a cash reward from the state of Florida. The lawyers at Spencer's world are standing by waiting to speak to you now. Just dial (or text, ha ha ha) 1-888-ana-text
    and we will be happy to meet with you. At Spencer's world law firm, there is never a charge for parking at the law firm or a consultation.

  4. I still can't believe Tom Scott's firm hired this disgraced jurist when she resigned just to avoid a JQC investigation.

  5. Is "emotional relationship" code for blow jobs only? If no, with 5000 texts he deserves more than 2 year suspension. Amirite?

  6. 7:21 am:

    SFL let Rumpole run with the story first because they know that Rumpole's site is not nearly as exciting as this one.


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