The justices also ordered Circuit Judge Rosa Rodriguez to come to the court for a public reprimand. Rodriguez
, who handled the Elian Gonzalez custody case, was disciplined by the high court for violating judicial ethics by funneling a $200,000 loan from a former boyfriend through her
was charged with violating a $500 cap on contributions but prosecutors dropped the criminal charge.
..."Judge Rodriguez totally accepts the opinion of the Florida Supreme Court," said Gerald Wetherington, her Miami lawyer.
In January 2000, Rodriguez
was briefly in the national spotlight when she
granted custody of Elian to a great-uncle in Miami.She later withdrew from the case after it was discovered the spokesman for Elian's Florida relatives had been her campaign consultant.
Elian was rescued Thanksgiving Day 1999 after a boat smuggling him from Cuba sank, killing his
mother and 10 others.A five-month custody battle ended with a raid of the home of the boy's Miami relatives by federal agents.Elian and his
father eventually returned to Cuba.
Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press
.All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.