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Florida judge faces charges from commission after exhibiting 'instability'


ORLANDO, Florida — A state judicial commission has filed formal charges against a Seminole County judge after finding probable cause that she has demonstrated instability and a bizarre pattern behavior during her tenure.

The Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission filed the charges Monday against Judge Linda Schoonover. At least two-thirds of the group's investigative panel found probable cause earlier this month to initiate formal proceeding.

Schoonover is accused of exhibiting "disruptive" behavior since her August 2010 election that includes falsely believing her office was bugged and being concerned another judge was trying influence her decisions.

She also is charged with failing to remain impartial in a divorce proceeding after contacting one party in the case with a Facebook "friend request."

Schoonover faces reprimands, fines or removal from office if she's found guilty of the infractions.

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