On July 18, 2019, the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission filed formal charges against Judge Vegina Hawkins, after video of her allegedly choking a courtroom deputy surfaced. The charges stated that on June 11, 2019, Judge Hawkins instigated a physical confrontation with a court employee, by “placing her hands around the neck of the employee and shook him”. The alleged choking occurred because of Judge Hawkin’s alleged frustration over the court employee not having her docket available for her in the morning. On July 19, 2019, The Supreme Court of Florida, suspended Judge Hawkins, without pay, pending disposition of the proceedings.
See video of the incident below.