Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge E. Cueto should have known better. On Tuesday, he angrily removed himself from a civil case challenging Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones' third run for office. After ruling in favor of her opponent, Rev. Richard Dunn, that she could not run again, local media outlets reported that in 2007 -- a year before he was elected to the bench -- Cueto was a state prosecutor who worked on a criminal investigation into Spence-Jones allegedly selling her vote. Cueto did not disclose that fact prior to hearing Dunn's lawsuit against his longtime nemesis.
As Cueto tersely read his ruling removing himself from the case, he blasted the media and Spence-Jones' attorneys for making his undisclosed conflict of interest an issue, according to the Miami Herald
. He also took issue with Spence-Jones' lawyer Bruce Rogow leaking to the Herald
a motion demanding he recuse himself.More »