Last year, a domestic-violence victim failed to appear and testify at her alleged abuser’s trial. A Florida judge’s response was to ignore the victim’s tearful pleas, hold her in contempt of court and send her to jail.

Earlier this week, Seminole County Judge Jerri Collins found herself on the opposite side of the bench as she received her own harsh scolding from Florida’s chief justice.

Collins stood through nearly six minutes of public reprimand after the Florida Supreme Court found that she violated the state’s code of judicial conduct.

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga said Collins “berated and belittled a victim of domestic violence” and used sarcasm and inflammatory language against the woman, who repeatedly pleaded with Collins to not send her to county jail because she had to take care of her then-1-year-old son.

-Kristine Guerra / The Washington Post

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