Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer was publicly reprimanded Monday for showing bias toward the prosecution during last year's penalty trial of Nikolas Cruz.
Judge Elizabeth Scherer violated several rules of judicial conduct during the trial of Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz, the Judicial Qualifications Commission said.
The families of the 17 people murdered got their chance to address the shooter in court. They cursed him to hell, wished him a painful death and called him a coward.
An unnamed juror reported a perceived threat from a fellow juror as the panel deliberated mass killer Nikolas Cruz's punishment, the prosecution said.
Nikolas Cruz pleaded guilty last year to killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018.
Nikolas Cruz's defense team accused the judge of holding a longstanding animosity towards their lead defense lawyer, who was scolded by the judge last week in court.
The judge went off on Nikolas Cruz's defense team over the abrupt decision, saying it lacked professionalism.
“She was a little afraid of him,” a neighbor testified of Nikolas Cruz's adoptive mother, who called sheriff's deputies to the home at least a dozen times, according to witnesses.
Nikolas Cruz, who pled guilty to carrying out the 2018 mass shooting at a Florida high school, would bite and hit others when he wanted something, a daycare worker said.
Nikolas Cruz's defense team asked the jury Monday to consider his difficult childhood and mental and emotional issues before sentencing him to life or death.